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"To infinity...very slowly."
"_______ is the ______ of logical ideas"—Albert Einstein. Do the words "mathematics" or "poetry" fill those blanks?
Math is always better over an orientable genus one pastry, the tastiest of topological examples.
If you ran a race at an average pace of 3:07 per kilometer, did you run any single kilometer in exactly 3:07? Well, it's complicated.
You might need to leave the light on at night after reading these. Brace yourself for zombies, devils, mummies, and...higher homotopy groups?
The latest (misnamed) "Common Core math" flare-up: is 5 × 3 Five 3s or Three 5s?
The intuition-challenging Fano plane may be the smallest interesting configuration of points and lines.
What happens when we meet our heroes? One graduate student arranged a meeting with reclusive mathematician Alexander Grothendieck and found out.
The epsilon-delta proof, the nemesis of many a calculus student, is an initiation rite into the mysteries of proof writing.
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