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Category Archives: Math History
The history is the history
Prescript: This is absolutely not the moment for centering white perspectives in public discourse. That being said, everything I understand about the fight for equality and justice leads me to the conclusion that the responsibility to dismantle whiteness falls uniquely … Continue reading
Posted in Math History, Mathematicians, Mathematics in Society, Social Justice
Tagged eponymy
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Solvitur Ambulando
An algebraist, a finitist, and a determinist walk into a statistics classroom. They are all the same person and worse: the teacher, so the joke is on the students. For reasons still partly obscure to me, my department has given … Continue reading
Posted in Grad student life, Math, Math History, Math Teaching, Statistics, Teaching
Tagged nature of proof, paradox, probability theory, Zeno of Elea
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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
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
Posted in Math, Math History
Tagged math history, nature of proof, philosophy of math
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The Winners Write the Textbook
Guest Author: Dan Walls It is said that the winners write history. While usually this is reserved for the perspectives in history textbooks and other writings, it also finds true in the evolution of mathematical history as well. Beg to … Continue reading