Category Archives: Mathematics in Society

The Math of Elections

It seems like all anybody can talk about right now is the election. And while it has definitely given me a lot to think about in terms of political, cultural, and social problems in America, there’s also some interesting and potentially … 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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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

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False Positive vs. False Negative

A guest post by Long Nguyen: Not all results of medical tests are absolutely correct. Scientists can make mistakes when they conclude that something is true when it is actually false or that something is false when it is actually … Continue reading

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Nate Silver and the Stylish Statistics of Predicting Elections

Guest Author: Michael Dimock Nate Silver is a statistics guru whose claim to fame has come from correctly predicting 49 of the 50 states in the 2008 presidential election as well as all 35 senate races. He then showed that … Continue reading

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