Monthly Archives: May 2011

Half a twist on a cliche speech

This last weekend was commencement at Bates. As part of the commencement festivities, several of our students are inducted into honor societies. In particular, Phi Beta Kappa (the Liberal Arts honors society) and Sigma Xi (the scientific honors society). I … Continue reading

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Discovering the Small-World Network*

One of the hardest things about transitioning from a large research university to a small liberal arts school is the sense of mathematical isolation. At UT Austin, I was accustomed to TWO weekly Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics seminars, a large and active … Continue reading

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Asymptotic behavior

The weekend before last, I attended two concerts: Cold War Kids at Bates, and Janelle Monae at Bowdoin. I am a huge music fan and absolutely love going to live shows. I have hosted a weekly radio show for many … Continue reading

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