
Opinions expressed on these pages were the views of the writers and did not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the American Mathematical Society.
Category Archives: Uncategorized
Some mathematical cheer
I might be stating the obvious here, but the longest partial government shutdown to date gave the U.S. a rocky start to 2019. Though the government has reopened (read the AMS announcement about it here), a longterm solution still needs … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged government shutdown, JMM, Thirdsday
Comments Off on Some mathematical cheer
On vision and mathematics
Today, I’m reflecting on vision and mathematics. That’s largely because as I write this, I’m also simultaneously evaluating whether a new computer I received as an early Christmas present is going to be a good fit for me or if … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Communication, Math Education, Uncategorized
Tagged blind, Braille, Nemeth code, teaching, visual impairment
Comments Off on On vision and mathematics
A Mathematical Gift Guide
It’s that time of year again. The semester is winding down, mathematically rigorous 6fold symmetric snowflakes deck the halls, and Mariah Carey is on the top of the Spotify charts. And while all Mariah wants for Christmas is YOU, finding … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged apica, apriodical, Christopher Hanusa, Dana Mckenzie, decrypto, dice, Hannah Fry, James Grime, Matt Parker, Remondrian, roborally, Steve Mould, Thomas Lin, Uyen Nguyen, Walter Isaacson
7 Comments
A sampling of glorious snow math
Lately, the weather has seemed to taunt me. By traveling back from my family’s Thanksgiving festivities on November 24, I narrowly missed driving through a multistate blizzard that slowed portions of my partner’s November 25 return down to a crawl. … Continue reading
On Michael Atiyah and the Riemann Hypothesis
At the 2018 Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), Sir Michael Atiyah gave a lecture in which he claimed to have found a proof for the Riemann hypothesis. If Atiyah’s proof holds up, then the nearly 160 year problem concerning the distribution of primes … Continue reading
On The ‘Math Section’ Blog
Swiss mathematician Elias Wirth created the “Math Section” blog earlier this month. Even though the blog is new, he’s already written several interesting posts, like this one about using the mean value theorem to catch speeding motorists. In an interview … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, people in math, Uncategorized
Tagged applied mathematics, Elias Wirth, LaTeX, Math Section, Matlab, mean value theorem, Terrence Tao
1 Comment
Musings on a Mathematician’s Duties
As I mentioned in my last post, I wish a genie would grant me thorough understanding of the proof Shinichi Mochizuki proposed for the abc conjecture. Much of this wish is motivated by a desire for the divisive debate to … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication, Number Theory, Publishing in Math, Uncategorized
Tagged ABC conjecture, duties, ethics, IUT theory, mathematicians
1 Comment
On Math Anxiety
Math anxiety is so real. We’ve always kind of known it, but a study confirmed it in 2017. By reading the brain functioning of math anxious and math nonanxious people while performing simple arithmetic problems, the research shows that people … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
2 Comments
Return Of The Bots
Bots have been getting some extra love on the internet these days, particularly in the form of the I Forced A Bot meme. So I thought it would be a good time to revisit all things bot, neural network and … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged AI, AIweirdness, bots, deep learning, entertainment, Janelle Shane, Natalie Wolchover, neural networks
Comments Off on Return Of The Bots
Some Math for Wedding Season
It’s that time of year when happy friend and family gather to celebrate the entry of two singletons into forever tupledom. That inevitable mapping from the set of people into the set of pairs of people, with its ever changing … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged galeshapely algorithm, marriage, Operations Research, punckrockor, stable marriage problem, weddings
Comments Off on Some Math for Wedding Season