Author Archives: Branden Stone

Conference Listings?

by Branden Stone Graduate students are constantly advised to attend conferences. If you do a quick search on this blog, you will find some encouraging articles describing the benefits of going to a conference. That being said, one thing everyone … Continue reading

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Math, Communication, and Kids

by Branden Stone Any scientist who couldn’t explain to an eight-year-old what he was doing was a charlatan. From Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut As a graduate student, one of my favorite things to do is solve interesting problems. It … 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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A random question and presentations with Prezi

By Branden Stone While sitting in a coffee shop last week, an estranged economist asked me what the sum of the first n square numbers is.  If you already know the formula, proving it is an easy exercise with induction.  … Continue reading

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Recreational Mathematics

by Branden Stone I hope everyone’s semester was productive and that your winter break is relaxing and fun. If you are like me then you probably spend a good amount of time perusing the internet in your free time. Personally … Continue reading

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