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
This article about a 1969 episode in Potomac, MD, in which a school implemented anti-blonde apartheid during National Brotherhood Week, is deeply fascinating. The blond students were forced to use separate restrooms, doors and drinking fountains, relegated to separate tables … Continue reading
A coinage of a former student, that makes me happy.
Over at JD2718, Jonathan asks the following question: [A conference] presenter posed a problem that required finding three numbers that multiplied to make 72. The list included 1, 8, 9 and 2, 2, 18 and 3, 4, 6 and several … Continue reading
This is pretty cool: Open Problems in Algebraic Combinatorics blog. (It’s attached to this conference.)
For various reasons I have recently been reading a bunch of books broadly addressing the theme “what is mathematics?” (Linderholm was accidentally a lead-in, and clearly belongs in the category.) This one is a short (under 100 pages) and snappy read, … Continue reading
I have seen attributed to Halmos (Linderholm’s advisor) the description of this book as an in-joke to the mathematical community, and that’s about right: I don’t think it would be possible to explain why it’s funny to someone who doesn’t … Continue reading
So, West Virginia teachers (some of whom are unionized, but whose unions are not recognized by the state) have been on strike for a week, continuing even after their union leadership struck a deal with the governor. (The strikers fear, … Continue reading
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Had a great time at March for Science MN last weekend. (The fact that it was in the 70s and sunny didn’t hurt!) Here are some photos. Some more posters I liked but didn’t get good photos of included … Continue reading
Purely in the category of self-congratulation: I received a lovely note (edited below) from an advisor in the University Honors Program, for which I’ve been teaching multivariable calculus, differential equations and linear algebra this year. I heard through many disappointed … Continue reading