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by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Rigidity
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Rigidity

Dear Colleagues, The recent unsettling images of the Mexican earthquakes are a reminder that despite progress in building structures with a blend of features that are rigid and flexible, strong quakes can still bring down seemingly "sturdy" buildings. Many are surprised that mathematical i...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Genetic and linguistic diversity
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Genetic and linguistic diversity

Dear Colleagues, Mapping the DNA of different individuals and groups of people has provided rich and fascinating insights in human populations. Mathematical methods are often used in this work. However, in a general way, I think we need to be more cautious in drawing sweeping generalizations from wh...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Age at which children start school
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Views: 1

Age at which children start school

Dear Colleagues, American children often attend pre-school before starting at a regular public school, and for many kids, they are exposed to lots of educational "ideas" via TV designed for kids before entering school. Many parents are faced with the decision, depending on the laws that go...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Computers and redistricting
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Views: 1

Computers and redistricting

Dear Colleagues, Contentiousness over politicizing of redistricting, especially in light of the fact that after the 2020 Census many states will have to redistrict, is growing. Some see the use of computer algorithms as helping here, though not all algorithms are intrinsically fair: https://news.ill...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: More on statistical testing
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Views: 1

More on statistical testing

Dear Colleagues,

Here is another recent paper about the issue of how to use "p-tests."

http://www.nature.com/news/one-size-fit ... re-1.22625

Regards,

Joe
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Fuzzy things
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Views: 51

Fuzzy things

Dear Colleagues, Lofti Zadeh has died at 96. Zadeh developed an area of mathematics called fuzzy logic, and by analogy other parts of mathematics were developed from a "fuzzy" point of view. This included fuzzy set theory. Here is Zadeh's obituary in the NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/20...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Sizes of infinities
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Views: 30

Sizes of infinities

Dear Colleagues, In the 19th century Cantor gave an argument to show that the sizes of the infinite for the natural numbers (counting numbers) was different from that of the real numbers. Recently, Maryanthe Malliarisa and Saharon Shelah have resolved a long standing question about the sizes of two ...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Market design
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Views: 48

Market design

Dear Colleagues, There is growing interest in using mathematical and economic insights into designing markets. This work often involves ideas growing out David Gale and Lloyd Shapley's work on stable matchings, but is more varied. This paper surveys the area of market design and discusses several ex...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Einstein the inventor
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Views: 42

Einstein the inventor

Dear Colleagues, Sometimes people known primarily as theorists (whether they be physicists or mathematicians) also have been inventors or hold patents for various aspects of their achievements. Here is an interesting account of Albert Einstein as an inventor. https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1709/...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Cassini images
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Views: 39

Cassini images

Dear Colleagues, Mathematics has made it possible to "explore" our solar system by using spacecraft that have traveled to, for example, Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft was among the most successful such missions though it will be ending its productive life on Sept. 15, 2017. Here are some a...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: International enrollments at American universites
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Views: 52

International enrollments at American universites

Dear Colleagues, The Trump administrations attempts to make it harder to travel and restrictions on getting visas to the United States has had an effect on enrollment by foreign students at American universities. This is sad because foreign students are an important source of income to American univ...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Discrete mathematics book
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Views: 35

Discrete mathematics book

Dear Colleagues, Unfortunately, many people who have an interest in mathematics, including mathematics majors, don't learn as much discrete mathematics as they might. Discrete mathematics is less hierarchical usually than continuous mathematics, in particular the mathematics that leads up to Calculu...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Utility
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Views: 34

Utility

Dear Colleagues, This semester (Fall, 2017) Barry Mazur, Eric Maskin, and Amartya Sen are teaching a course with a "philosophy tag" at Harvard University called "Utility." Utility refers to the notion of measuring the "value" of a thing (money, a college education) or o...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Plimton 322 and Babylonian mathematics
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Views: 45

Plimton 322 and Babylonian mathematics

Dear Colleagues, Determining exactly what mathematics was accomplished in the ancient past is a hard job, partly because not that much direct evidence has come down to us, and there is the issue of viewing the past from a position of present knowledge. This blog column tries to put in perspective so...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Physicist's biographical essay
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Views: 44

Physicist's biographical essay

Dear Colleagues,

Some may enjoy this rather interesting historical/biographical essay by an American physicist.

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1708.09093.pdf

Regards,

Joe

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