Author Archives: JBL

Deaths of trees

I don’t have anything to say here except to record some articles I’ve read at some point, about deaths of trees: both individuals (a white mulberry on the National Mall and a white oak in New Jersey) and entire species … Continue reading

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P.G. Wodehouse

So I started reading a few of his novels, including the collection “What Ho!” What to say? He’s generally good for a laugh; much of the humor has a timeless aspect that stands up pretty well after decades. I would … Continue reading

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Pie

I wrote the post below in 2016, but for some reason I never published it; better late than never, I guess.  I referenced the Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book more recently, too. I received several pieces of pie-making  equipment/guidance … Continue reading

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Trapezoids, and blogs

Atrios remarked on the (slow, in-progress) death of the open internet, as in blogs etc. And Jonathan’s offhand remark about his blog’s heyday is another anecdatum pointing in the same direction. Anyhow, that’s not what this post is about; it’s … Continue reading

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Medals per capita

So I made a joke to a friend about how, after Slovenia got their first medal, they were doing really well on a medals per capita basis.  And then, being me, I took this joke too far and actually started … Continue reading

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“Ever since Darwin” by Stephen Jay Gould

I picked this collection of essays (selected from Gould’s mid-1970s contributions to Natural History) up during a recent visit to Rodgers Book Barn (along with “The Panda’s Thumb”, and another book I’ll write about later). Pop-science writing always runs the … Continue reading

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“Jackson, 1964” by Calvin Trillin

Trillin is wonderful and I would read pretty much anything he writes (though Tepper isn’t going out wasn’t my favorite). This collection (published in 2015) is of his reporting on race over 40 years, beginning in 1964. (There is another … Continue reading

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Finding the magic coins

I’ve been reading through Daniel Velleman and Stan Wagon’s puzzle book Bicycle or Unicycle? and generally enjoying it – the puzzles include simple variations on classics, clever things I haven’t seen before, and some nontrivial uses of real mathematical thinking … Continue reading

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American woman math PhDs of the 1940s

Apparently I’ve had this blog for a really long time: just over nine years ago, I wrote about Margaret A. M. Murray’s book “Women Becoming Mathematicians”. This post is just to note that the latest AMS Notices contains an article … Continue reading

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Jargon

This tickled my fancy: For all the other parameters, has no real structure. [R. Corran, E.-K. Lee, S.-J. Lee, Braid groups of imprimitive complex reflection groups, J. Algebra, 2015] (No, it’s not floppy — it’s a complex reflection group. Here … Continue reading

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