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by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Scientific computing
Replies: 0
Views: 3

Scientific computing

Dear Colleagues,

The article below suggests practices by science researchers so that they can take advantage of scientific computing tools.

http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/a ... bi.1005510

Regards,

Joe
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Unfinished genome sequencing
Replies: 0
Views: 1

Unfinished genome sequencing

Dear Colleagues,

A clarification concerning the extent to which the genome of humans and other organisms has been sequenced has been given:

https://www.statnews.com/2017/06/20/hum ... sequenced/

Eric Lander who is quoted is trained as a mathematician.

Best,

Joe
by Joseph Malkevitch
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Programming contest 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 5

Programming contest 2017

Dear Colleagues, Though I don't feel that education should be optimized for the goal of wining contests either in a particular country or on the international stage, for those interested, here is an article about the recent international programming (computers) contest. http://www.salon.com/2017/06/...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Gender equity
Replies: 0
Views: 4

Gender equity

Dear Colleagues,

Women still face a variety of challenges when they want to pursue STEM careers.

Attempts by the European Union to promote gender equity are discussed in the reports here:

https://ec.europa.eu/research/swafs/ind ... r_equality

Regards,

Joe
by Joseph Malkevitch
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Cedric Villani (Fields Medal winner elected to the French Parliament
Replies: 0
Views: 10

Cedric Villani (Fields Medal winner elected to the French Parliament

Dear Colleagues, Cedric Villani, who is a Fields Medal winner, has been elected to the French Parliament: http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3574 For an account of Villani's work in mathematics you can consult: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9dric_Villani or his web site: http://cedricvillani.org/...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Polygonal tilings which are self-similar
Replies: 0
Views: 9

Polygonal tilings which are self-similar

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, this paper about polygonal tilings and self-similarity appeared:

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1611.02218.pdf

For some thoughts and comments on this paper you can look at:

https://plus.google.com/101584889282878 ... dstbQVhAcq

Regards,

Joe
by Joseph Malkevitch
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Gerrymandering
Replies: 0
Views: 5

Gerrymandering

Dear Colleagues, Gerrymandering is the name given to the practice of drawing election district lines for some politically motivated purposes. Historically, the US Supreme Court has been reluctant to interfere with legislative actions (at the state or federal level) which were viewed merely as "...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Market design lecture
Replies: 0
Views: 9

Market design lecture

Dear Colleagues, Alvin Roth. who is a mathematical economist at Stanford, recently gave a public lecture on marketplaces and market design. The talk is an hour and 1/2 an hour of questions. Here is the audio for his lecture: https://marketdesigner.blogspot.com/2017/06/listen-to-my-morishima-lecture_...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: SIGMAA Arts
Replies: 0
Views: 7

SIGMAA Arts

Dear Colleagues, MAA (Mathematical Association of America) has various special interest groups, called SIGMAAs, one of which is devoted to mathematics and art. I recently got the second annual newsletter of this SIGMAA. While this item has not been posted to the SIGMAA Arts web site (yet), the first...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Origami mathematics
Replies: 0
Views: 6

Origami mathematics

Dear Colleagues, In recent years geometers and other mathematicians and computer scientists have taken an interest in rigidity, folding, and unfolding questions. Some of these questions have been inspired by looking at issues arising in paper folding - origami. The paper below is written by some peo...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Times scales and evolution
Replies: 0
Views: 7

Times scales and evolution

Dear Colleagues, Mathematics has proved of great use in trying to understand the sub-field of biology dealing with evolution. Here is an intriguing article about issues related to "time scales." https://www.quantamagazine.org/evolution-runs-faster-on-short-timescales-20170314/ Regards, Joe
by Joseph Malkevitch
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Mesopotian accounting tokens
Replies: 0
Views: 6

Mesopotian accounting tokens

Dear Colleagues, Here is an interesting account of the way "accounting" tokens were used in Mesopotamia: http://www.maa.org/press/periodicals/convergence/mathematical-treasure-mesopotamian-accounting-tokens The article shows the value of adopting an historical perspective in looking at mat...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Writing and mathematics
Replies: 0
Views: 7

Writing and mathematics

Dear Colleagues,

Could it be that what encouraged the development of writing in "ancient" civilizations was the desire to record numerical information?

Here are some thoughts:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39870485

Regards,

Joe
by Joseph Malkevitch
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Rescuing charter schools
Replies: 0
Views: 5

Rescuing charter schools

Dear Colleagues, The movement to replace public schools with for profit charter schools that get public funding (varies schemes exist to do this) is a very bad idea. Recently, Detroit has had to "rescue" charter schools when they "failed." The public winds up paying on both ends ...
by Joseph Malkevitch
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Math is More: General Discussion
Topic: Copley Medal
Replies: 0
Views: 7

Copley Medal

Dear Colleagues,

The prestigious award, the Copley Medal, of the Royal Society has been awarded to Andrew Wiles for 2017, mentioning his break-through work on Fermat's Last Theorem.

https://royalsociety.org/news/2017/05/m ... ley-medal/

Regards,

Joe

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