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Posts tagged with 'Math' and 'mathematicians' at MetaFilter.Mon, 05 Nov 2012 00:43:17 -0800Mon, 05 Nov 2012 00:43:17 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60The Fifth problem: Math & Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union
http://www.metafilter.com/121556/The%2DFifth%2Dproblem%2DMath%2Dand%2DAntiSemitism%2Din%2Dthe%2DSoviet%2DUnion
<a href="http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-Fifth-problem--math---anti-Semitism-in-the-Soviet-Union-7446">The Fifth Problem:</a> "If this were a boxing match, with one of the boxers pressed in the corner, bloodied, desperately trying to hold his own against the barrage of punches falling on him (many of them below the belt, I might add), that would be the equivalent of the final, deadly, blow. The problem looked innocent enough at first glance: given a circle and two points on the plane outside the circle, construct another circle passing trough those two points and touching the first circle at one point." <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Frenkel">Edward Frenkel</a>, now Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, details the curiously baroque way Moscow State University chose to discriminate against talented Jewish math students: By quizzing them with <a href="http://arxiv.org/pdf/1110.1556v2.pdf">fiendishly difficult math problems with deceptively simple solutions that are nearly impossible to find</a>. Edward Frenkel: At <a href="http://math.berkeley.edu/~frenkel/">Berkeley</a>, On <a href="http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=07CF868151394FE3">Youtube</a>, On <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3649875/bio">IMDB</a>, On <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/math-sum-parts-article-1.1109261">Math</a>, In <a href="http://ritesofloveandmath.com/">Rites of Love and Math</a>.
<a href="http://blog.tanyakhovanova.com/?p=370">Tanya Khovanova discusses the "Jewish Problems" on her math blog</a>. On <a href="http://www.tanyakhovanova.com/coffins.html">her home page are even more of the problems</a>--which in Russian are called "coffins"--along with more historical details and related links.
<a href="http://www.metafilter.com/108272/Jewish-Problems">Previously.</a> tag:metafilter.com,2012:site.121556Mon, 05 Nov 2012 00:43:17 -0800flugMath interview podcast
http://www.metafilter.com/106252/Math%2Dinterview%2Dpodcast
<a href="http://acmescience.com/category/shows/scc-shows">Strongly Connected Components</a> is a podcast of interviews with mathematicians. Hear complexity theorist <a href="http://acmescience.com/shows/scc-shows/837">Scott Aaronson</a> (of <a href="http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/">Shtetl-Optimized</a>), <a href="http://acmescience.com/shows/scc-shows/796">Tom Henderson</a> (of <a href="http://www.punkmathematics.com/">Punk Mathematics</a>) algebraist <a href="http://acmescience.com/shows/scc-shows/349">Olga Holtz</a> of UC-Berkeley, master combinatorist <a href="http://acmescience.com/shows/scc-shows/366">Richard Stanley</a> of MIT, and many more. tag:metafilter.com,2011:site.106252Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:02:51 -0800escabecheFinite formula found for partition numbers
http://www.metafilter.com/99788/Finite%2Dformula%2Dfound%2Dfor%2Dpartition%2Dnumbers
<a href="http://esciencecommons.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-theories-reveal-nature-of-numbers.html">New math theories reveal the nature of numbers</a> [<a href="http://www.aimath.org/news/partition/folsom-kent-ono.pdf">1</a>,<a href="http://www.aimath.org/news/partition/brunier-ono.pdf">2</a>] - "We prove that <a href="http://blogs.plos.org/badphysics/2011/01/20/ono/">partition numbers</a> are 'fractal' for every prime. <a href="http://www.science20.com/news_articles/partition_numbers_behave_fractals_says_mathematician-75556">These numbers</a>, in a way we make precise, are <a href="http://hiddencause.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/pn-is-a-fractal-when-n-is-prime/">self-similar</a> in a shocking way. Our 'zooming' procedure resolves several open conjectures, and it will change how mathematicians study partitions." (<a href="http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/01/21/2047229/Eulers-Partition-Function-Theory-Finished">/.</a>|<a href="http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2011/01/links-for-2011-01-20.html">via</a>) BONUS
<li><a href="http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/01/fractals-plus-quantum-mechanics-equals-chaos.ars">Fractals plus quantum mechanics equals chaos</a> - "investigating the properties of light when it is confined to a fractal object"
<li><a href="http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/01/20/1546206/Polynomial-Time-Code-For-3-SAT-Released-PNP">Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released</a> - "This is not a P=NP paper."</li></li> tag:metafilter.com,2011:site.99788Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:40:18 -0800kliulessHow do you calculate Pi? Build a supercomputer.
http://www.metafilter.com/95578/How%2Ddo%2Dyou%2Dcalculate%2DPi%2DBuild%2Da%2Dsupercomputer
<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1992/03/02/1992_03_02_036_TNY_CARDS_000362534?printable=true">How do you calculate Pi? Build a supercomputer.</a> <em>The Mountains of Pi</em>, a New Yorker profile of the mathematician (sic) the Chudnovsky brothers. <small>Warning: the article is from 1992, and internet is missing its definite article.</small> (<a href="http://www.metafilter.com/41612/Capturing-the-Unicorn">Previously</a>) tag:metafilter.com,2010:site.95578Thu, 09 Sep 2010 13:28:57 -0800OmieWiseMore than just beautiful minds
http://www.metafilter.com/84949/More%2Dthan%2Djust%2Dbeautiful%2Dminds
Photographer <a href="http://www.cookstudio.com/">Mariana Cook</a> has a <a href="http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8860.html">new book</a> of portraits of well-known mathematicians. Here's a <a href="http://seedmagazine.com/slideshow/mathematicians/">slideshow</a> with some interesting audio, and <a href="http://www.cookstudio.com/Gallery_Math/gallery-01.html">more of the photographs.</a> tag:metafilter.com,2009:site.84949Thu, 10 Sep 2009 20:51:03 -0800Frobenius TwistMacTutor History of Mathematics archive
http://www.metafilter.com/79569/MacTutor%2DHistory%2Dof%2DMathematics%2Darchive
The <a href="http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/">MacTutor History of Mathematics archive</a> is an astounding collection of historical material on mathematics, especially <a href="http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/BiogIndex.html">biographies</a>. <small>(Previously: <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/30458/A-treasure-trove-of-math-history">1</a> <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/64188/Mathematics-vs-Democracy-A-Clear-Winner-or-a-Tie-Game">2</a> <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/65163/Writings-on-Reckoning">3</a> <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/65751/Why-did-Sumerians-use-base-60-mathematics">4</a>.)</small> tag:metafilter.com,2009:site.79569Sat, 28 Feb 2009 12:47:09 -0800parudoxE8 Structure Decoded
http://www.metafilter.com/59589/E8%2DStructure%2DDecoded
<a href="http://news.com.com/Math+team+solves+the+unsolvable+E8/2100-1008_3-6168562.html?tag=nefd.top">Math Team Solves the Unsolvable E8</a> <br>"If you thought writing calculations to describe 3-D objects in math class was hard, consider doing the same for one with <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=108482&org=NSF&from=news">248 dimensions</a>.
Mathematicians call such an object <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E8_(mathematics)">E<sub>8</sub></a>, a symmetrical structure whose mathematical calculation has long been considered an unsolvable problem. Yet <a href="http://aimath.org/E8/">an international team of math whizzes </a>cracked E<sub>8</sub>'s symmetrical code in a large-scale computing project, which produced about 60 gigabytes of data. If they were to show their handiwork on paper, <a href="http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/e8.html">the written equation would cover an area the size of Manhattan</a>." tag:metafilter.com,2007:site.59589Mon, 19 Mar 2007 16:50:51 -0800ericbNo, I'm a frayed knot
http://www.metafilter.com/41787/No%2DIm%2Da%2Dfrayed%2Dknot
<a href="http://www.math.toronto.edu/~drorbn/Gallery/KnottedObjects/RopeTrick/index.html">Michael Hutchings' rope trick</a> and <a href="http://www.math.toronto.edu/~drorbn/Gallery/KnottedObjects/TrefoilFigureEight/index.html">Dylan Thurston's two-handed knot-drawing sk1llz</a>. Did you need to kill some time practicing pointless skills today? tag:metafilter.com,2005:site.41787Fri, 06 May 2005 05:18:24 -0800WolfdogThinking Machine 4
http://www.metafilter.com/36550/Thinking%2DMachine%2D4
<a href="http://turbulence.org/spotlight/thinking/index.html">Thinking Machine 4</a> <em>explores the invisible, elusive nature of thought. Play chess against a transparent intelligence, its evolving thought process visible on the board before you.</em>
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From <a href="http://bewitched.com/">Martin</a> <a href="http://domino.research.ibm.com/cambridge/research.nsf/0/bf1b3e1b23b5057585256caf00810951?OpenDocument">Wattenberg</a> (with <a href="http://mw2mw.com/">Marek Walczak</a>); they have been
<a href="http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/26034">noted</a> <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/23156">here</a> before. tag:metafilter.com,2004:site.36550Wed, 27 Oct 2004 12:44:09 -0800e.e. coli
http://www.metafilter.com/16714/
<a href="http://www.mathforum.org/social/index.html" title="Key issues facing the math community">Math owie!</a> Was math in distress during <a href="http://directory.google.com/Top/Science/Math/" title="Math @ Google directory">i</a><a href="http://dmoz.org/Science/Math/" title="Math @ DMOZ">t</a><a href="http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=math&h=C" title="Math @ Yahoo">s</a> <a href="http://www.mathforum.org/mam/" title="April is, err, was math awareness month">awareness month</a>? Discuss.
<small>[Inspired by moz of <a href="http://www.theperfectkiss.org/" title="smart and funny">TPK</a>.]</small> tag:metafilter.com,2002:site.16714Sun, 28 Apr 2002 23:56:12 -0800tamimAmericans suck at math. Mathematician trade deficit ensues...
http://www.metafilter.com/5733/Americans%2Dsuck%2Dat%2Dmath%2DMathematician%2Dtrade%2Ddeficit%2Densues
<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30358-2001Feb5.html">Americans suck at math. Mathematician trade deficit ensues...</a> I only find this article interesting because of a talk with my math teacher recently about how most math teachers these days are foriegners, although she isn't, and not that foriegners are bad. But I'm curious if this a bad problem in today's economy or not? Or if this is a problem? What country is good at math? India and China? That's where most of the Silicon Valley CEO's workers are from these days. Or is that political, financial? I don't know. Do you know? tag:metafilter.com,2001:site.5733Wed, 07 Feb 2001 14:42:51 -0800redleaf