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Highly Unlikely Triangles and Other Beaded Mathematics
I first encountered Gwen Fisher’s work at the fiber arts exhibit at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. Fisher has a Ph.D. in math education and is an accomplished mathematical artist who specializes in beading. I featured one of her … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics and the Arts
Tagged beading, beads, Burning Man, Gwen Fisher, Harold Coxeter, hyperbolic space, John Conway, mathematics, Penrose triangle
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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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On Mathematics Education and Music Education
Last month, Jordan Ellenberg wrote about the Proof School, wondering, “ought there be a school just for math kids?” He is not entirely sold on the idea but later notes that there are schools just for music kids. What are … Continue reading
Posted in Math Education, Mathematics and the Arts
Tagged mathematics, mathematics and music
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The Heidelberg Laureate Forum
The firstever Heidelberg Laureate Forum is taking place this week. It’s modeled after the decadesold Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, which bring together Nobel Laureates and young researchers for a conference on a particular topic. Mathematics and computer science are not … Continue reading
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