Author Archives: Matthew Simonson

About Matthew Simonson

I am a second-year Network Science doctoral student at Northeastern University in Boston. I model homophily and time-varying dynamics on social networks.

Mathematical Democracy: Mission Impossible? Maybe not…

In 1950, a 29-year-old PhD candidate at Columbia published a stunning theorem that later won him a Nobel Prize: “There is no such thing as a fair voting system.”  Or so the legend goes.  Let’s dive into this claim and … Continue reading

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Call for Writers!

Are you interested in contributing the AMS grad student blog (or know someone who is)?  We are looking to assemble as stellar team of staff writers from the coming year, so please put interested students in touch with editor-in-chief Sarah Salmon. We … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Navigating the Sea

Guest Author: Tyler Padera Have you ever been asked to hang out with a new friend, but maybe you didn’t know where they lived? Maybe you were going to an interview for your new job but needed directions. The solution … Continue reading

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Is Math Truly Forever?

Guest Author: Andrea McNally Anyone involved in the discipline of math can most likely recall one, if not multiple, instances of being questioned on the usefulness of math. Eduardo Saenz de Cabezon addresses this question in his TED talk “Math … Continue reading

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Farewelcome

With the start of the new school year, we say farewell to our editor-in-chief (me) and welcome several editors to new roles.  I’m honored to have served the grad student community this past year and excited to pass the torch on … Continue reading

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