I've been thinking about the hairy ball theorem a lot recently. Because I have the sophisticated sense of humor of a twelve-year-old just got a haircut, and I am newly reminded of my cowlicks...
When I was at the Joint Math Meetings in January, the evocative name "Lute of Pythagoras" jumped out at me in a talk by Ann Hanson of Columbia College in Chicago.
Harald Helfgott, who earlier this week posted a proof of the ternary Goldbach conjecture. Image: Harald Helfgott. On Monday, Harald Helfgott of the École Normale Supériure in Paris posted a proof of one of the oldest open problems in number theory to the preprint repository arxiv...
Many math teachers have a hands-on approach to their subject, but those hands aren't usually covered in finger paint. Scott Goldthorp, however, sometimes teaches messy math classes.
Image: Design Shack In the current issue of the Association for Women in Mathematics newsletter (password required), Anne Carlill asks where the female mathematicians are on Twitter: "I found that the only female mathematicians or math educators I followed were Nalini Joshi in Sydney and Fawn Nguyen in California...
SOS, 181418, appears starting at the 1,377,767th digit of pi. Image: xkcd. Today I have a piece in Slate about that pi meme that's been going around.
There's a contest going on right now that could reward you for letting your geek flag fly. Spoonflower, a fabric design website, is hosting a "geek chic" design contest that closes April 23...
7 × 13 pieces of beach glass found on the shore of Lake Michigan and arranged on my coffee table. Rather appropriately, April 1st is the 91st day of the year, at least in non-leap years such as 2013...
The opening tip of the 2012 NCAA women's basketball championship game, played April 3, 2012. My Baylor Lady Bears, led by #42 Brittney Griner and #0 Odyssey Sims, defeated Notre Dame 80-61...
A variety of pies celebrating the number pi. Source: flickr/djwtwo. On the one hand, I like Pi Day because I get to eat pizza and/or pie, and I like things that get people excited about math, but on the other hand, I'm an adult, and I get to eat pizza and/or pie whenever I want, Pi Day or no...
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