Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hats, Parties, and Driving Cars (Mathematical Puzzles/Riddles, Part III)

Hi, and happy (late) new year! The holidays are drawing to a close (or have already closed) and classes are starting (or have already started). In case you don’t want to think about all of that, here are some more … Continue reading

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Making the Transition from Liberal Arts to Graduate School

When I started graduate school, I found myself in an unexpected minority: I was the only student in my cohort of 12 who had gotten my math major at a small liberal arts college. Everyone else had gone to a … Continue reading

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Interview with Leo Goldmakher

  How did you get interested in mathematics? When I was in 7th grade, in Boston, I enrolled in an experimental program called The Math Circle, where students discover math on their own. We, the students, came up with all … Continue reading

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Starting the New Semester Off Right

The start of the semester is a new beginning- a chance to start over with better study habits, a new routine, and a range of new classes, teaching, and research possibilities. If your good habits started to slip at the … Continue reading

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Matrices and MLK Day

When I learned how to multiply matrices in 10th grade, my initial reaction was, “Why on earth would anyone ever want to do that?”  Compared to addition and subtraction, the rules of matrix multiplication seemed arbitrary and meaningless.  Alas, this … Continue reading

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