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Medaling Mathematicians
You may consider the Fields Medal a boon to the mathematical community as it showcases amazing young mathematicians and brings math into the limelight. Or you may view the Fields Medal as an unfortunate reinforcement of the notion that mathematics … Continue reading
Posted in Events, Math Education, Mathematics and the Arts, Number Theory, people in math, Theoretical Mathematics, Uncategorized, women in math
Tagged Awards in Math, fields medal, First Woman Winner of Fields Medal, International Congress of Mathematics
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The Inaugural Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics
Last month, the inaugural Breakthrough Prizes in mathematics, founded and partially funded by internet billionaires Yuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg, were awarded to five people: Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie, Terence Tao, and Richard Taylor. The prize is $3 … Continue reading
Summer Reading List
My Summer Reading List Having an industry job, I will not have any real change in my routine as summer hits. But I still think of summer as the season of reading for pleasure. So what are some new … Continue reading
CrowdFunded Mathematics
What if your research was funded by 100 strangers who had read your research proposal online and clicked “donate”? You’d feel responsible to write about your research in a more widely accessible way. You might pledge to provide monthly updates … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Math Education, Theoretical Mathematics
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Bad Statistics: Ignore or Call Out?
Andrew Gelman has been wondering how much time he should spend criticizing crappy research, and so am I. He wrote the post after a discussion with Jeff Leek of Simply Statistics about replication and criticism. Harsh criticism of preliminary studies … Continue reading
Posted in Statistics
Tagged Andrew Gelman, bad journalism, bad statistics, Cathy O'Neil, Jeff Leek, John D. Cook, journals
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Why Should We Fund Math Research?
As my coblogger Brie Finegold mentioned last month, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org has been writing about how MOOCs might change the face of math departments and, ultimately, how math research gets funded. O’Neil is concerned that without calculus classes to … Continue reading
Job Security Calculus: Reasoning about our futures
Most academics have a love/hate relationship to teaching, and especially teaching Calculus. Prior to the first exam of the semester, it seems that everyone in the class is there for learning’s sake, discussing ideas, engaging in problemsolving. But we worry … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math, Issues in Higher Education, Math Education, people in math, Theoretical Mathematics
Tagged calculus, Future of Mathematics Research, Jobs for Matheamticians, MOOCs, Research Funding
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Rankings, Standards, and Inquiry, Oh my!
Ranking As concern for K12 standards in public education has come to a head, the quality of teaching and learning in our public universities has also come under public scrutiny. Recently, President Obama announced that he wanted to rework the … Continue reading
Posted in Issues in Higher Education, K12 Mathematics, Math Education
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This Week in Number Theory
By now you’ve probably heard the announcements of two big results in number theory: Yitang Zhang of the University of New Hampshire proved that there are infinitely many pairs of primes whose differences are under 70 million, and Harald Helfgott … Continue reading
Posted in Theoretical Mathematics
Tagged goldbach conjecture, number theory, prime numbers, twin primes
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