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by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Mind boggling sculptures
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Mind boggling sculptures

Dear Colleagues, Art challenges the mind in a variety of ways, and sometimes sculptors generate art that seems to defy the laws of physics, or, at the least it is the "challenge" to what one expects that gets one's attention. Here are some nifty samples: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/amazin...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Predatory journals
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Predatory journals

Dear Colleagues, The traditional framework of academic journals came with high costs, and many students in particular were not in positions to look at recent research. However, attempts to change the situation has brought new problems, including predatory journals, whose aim is make money regardless...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Yves Meyer wins 2017 Abel Prize
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Yves Meyer wins 2017 Abel Prize

Dear Colleagues, Yves Meyer, perhaps best known for his work on wavelets, has been awarded the 2017 Abel Prize. For more information about his work and the prize he received look at: http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3393 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yves_Meyer https://terrytao.wordpress.com/2017/03/...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Oval shaped pizza
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Views: 7

Oval shaped pizza

Dear Colleagues, While traditionally, pizza has been marketed as circular shaped pies, new trends have oval shaped pizza for sale. Here is a comment about this trend from the point of view cost and cutting the pizza into equal sized pieces. http://aperiodical.com/2017/03/cutting-an-oval-pizza-video/...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: "Gaming" the residency medical student match
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"Gaming" the residency medical student match

Dear Colleagues, Every year (this year March 17) there is an attempt to meet the needs of medical school graduates for residencies and the need of hospitals to have residents. http://www.nrmp.org/press-release-2017-nrmp-main-residency-match-the-largest-match-on-record/ The system used is built on th...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Metamorphosis of the cube
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Metamorphosis of the cube

Dear Colleagues, If one starts with a 1x1x1 cube in 3-space one can cut along the edges of the cube in different ways to unfold the cube to a flat polygon, which is a polyomino, the union of 1x1 squares joined edge to edge. There are 11 such polygons that fold to the cube, the most familiar of which...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Darwinian jigsaw puzzle
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Darwinian jigsaw puzzle

Dear Colleagues, Some of Charles Darwin's "research notes" have come down to scholars without knowledge of the order in which the notes were created. Now, using mathematical ideas and computers an attempt is being made to put what Darwin did in proper order. In essence what is being done i...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Exascale computing
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Views: 4

Exascale computing

Dear Colleagues, The history of digital computing shows how the problems that computers have been used to work on is tied to the speed at which operations can be carried out on the computer. While new increases in computer speed are getting harder to achieve, this article contemplates the benefits o...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Artifician intelligence art
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Views: 4

Artifician intelligence art

Dear Colleagues,

Rembrandt, Escher and Pollack now have Artificial Intelligence competitors:

https://www.artbyai.com/

Regards,

Joe
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Pi day (March 14)
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Views: 29

Pi day (March 14)

Dear Colleagues, One does not really need an excuse to study the interesting properties of pi for the Euclidean circle or other circles, but if you want you can look into these matters on March 14 (3/14). For more information you can consult these links. The third includes some information about the...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: History of Operational (Operations) Research
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Views: 10

History of Operational (Operations) Research

Dear Colleagues, The usual account of the history of Operations Research (Operational Research) (OR) often points to the great success of mathematical methods in helping to win World War II, but, not surprisingly, there are lots of earlier references to particular topics that have come to lie within...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Remediation
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Views: 9

Remediation

Dear Colleagues, There continues to much hand wringing over the notion of "college ready," and remediation in mathematics. http://hechingerreport.org/mississippis-students-prepared-college/ My personal view is that students with a high school diploma who want to go to college should be enc...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Ride sharing
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Views: 14

Ride sharing

Dear Colleagues, Large cities such as New York have large bus and subway networks but in Manhattan there is still high demand for taxis and more recently Uber cars. As a regular subway rider who also likes to get exercise walking in Manhattan, traffic congestion seems no better. This recent article ...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Relating mathematics and physics
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Views: 14

Relating mathematics and physics

Dear Colleagues, Many have commented on the way mathematics and physics interact, and some have suggested that Newton developed parts of the mathematics that he did so that he could get a deeper understanding of the physics questions he wanted to attack. Recently an ArXiv article, has commented on s...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Animated tiling
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Views: 92

Animated tiling

Dear Colleagues, Tilings are often both artistically beautiful and appealing in mathematical terms. Here is a nice animation of a pretty tiling: https://plus.google.com/113086553300459368002/posts/eecry6w2hbq There is also this appealing but not animated article: http://www.peterlu.org/sites/peterlu...

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