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Grad School, Blogged
A few months ago, I stumbled on TaiDanae Bradley’s excellent blog Math3ma. Bradley is a math graduate student at CUNY, and she writes about the kinds of topics that show up in firstyear graduate courses and later on the qualifying … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged algebra, analysis, graduate school, math, mathematics, TaiDanae Bradley, topology
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Topology Teaching Blogs
I’m teaching topology for the first time this semester, so I’ve been poking around the blogosphere for ideas of different ways to explain some of the ideas in this class to my students. Luckily, right before I started the semester, I ran … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education
Tagged counterexamples in topology, math, mathematics, teaching, teaching topology, topology
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Who Is The Antivax Movement? Data Science Explains.
It was all theoretical until Jenny McCarthy gave Sidney Crosby the mumps. Then it got real. Ok, I know that’s a sensationalist — not to mention flagrantly untrue — thing to say, but it’s how I suddenly felt a few … Continue reading
Posted in Biomath, Mathematics and Computing
Tagged data science, data vizualization, math, math and health, Statistics
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Blogging in Math (History) Class
I am teaching a math history class this semester, and in addition to trying to teach my students math and history, the course satisfies an upperlevel writing credit. It’s a lot to try to cram into one threehour course! With … Continue reading
First Impressions of the Second Heidelberg Laureate Forum
Last year, I wrote with some envy about the first annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum. This year, I’m there! I mean, here! Yes, after several flights and a few train delays, I’m finally in Heidelberg, and if the fog clears and … Continue reading
Posted in Events, people in math
Tagged abel prize, fields medal, heidelberg laureate forum, hlf14, math, math communication, mathematics, prizes
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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
Fermi Estimation with Liquid Mercury Splash Fights
The semester is over (sorry, quarter system folks, but you can get your revenge in August and September), and you just want to put your feet up and surf the Internet. Of course, there are lots of ways you might accidentally learn … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, Recreational Mathematics
Tagged engineering, estimation, fermi problems, fun math, math, mathematics, physics, Randall Munroe, xkcd
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Climate Science Blogs to Follow for Earth Day
This blog has now made almost exactly one trip around the sun! We kicked things off last year on Earth Day with the mathematics of planet earth, and today I want to highlight some more posts about our planet. On … Continue reading
Posted in Applied Math
Tagged climate change, climate science, Earth Day, geometry, john baez, math, mathematics, Steve Easterbrook, Tamsin Edwards
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The Revolution Will Be 3D Printed
“What would you print if you had a 3D printer in your home?” James Madison University math professor Laura Taalman is printing a thing a day and blogging about it at MakerHome. Her family has a MakerBot Replicator 2 and … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, Recreational Mathematics
Tagged 3d printing, afinia, geometry, henry segerman, laura taalman, makerbot, math, math models, mathmatics, saul schleimer, shapeways
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Complex Projective 4Space
Complex Projective 4Space recently celebrated its first birthday, and I was surprised to learn it was that young. I’ve been reading since January or so, and I guess I just assumed it had been around longer. It’s written by Adam … Continue reading