Monthly Archives: February 2011

Choosing a graduate school

by Diana Davis If your math department is like mine, accepted students are just beginning to visit our department and decide which graduate school they will attend. Let’s help them to make that difficult and important choice. (Also see last … Continue reading

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Gambling Tic-Tac-Toe

by Branden Stone This is an interesting game that was created by Craig Huneke. As the title suggests, it is tic-tac-toe with a gambling component; you have to bid to play. Here are the rules: 1. Each person has a … Continue reading

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Communication

By Brian Simanek I recently had a conversation with a colleague and former classmate of mine in the computer science department at my university.  He described his work to me as “basically conformal geometry,” a field in which I am … Continue reading

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Special Mentors

by Tyler Clark I hope everyone is having a great semester. This semester has been incredibly busy for me, as I am sure it has been for most students. Lately, I have been thinking about how lucky I am to … Continue reading

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On the purpose of doing mathematics

by Kareem Carr It’s been a while since William Thurston wrote “On Proof and Progress in Mathematics”.  However, in this answer posted on MathOverflow, he clearly still articulates, better than I ever could, what I find valuable about mathematics: It’s … Continue reading

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