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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A pioneering woman in mathematics

Born December 16, 1932, Grace Alele-Williams is now 80 years old.
Prof. Grace Alele-Williams
She has a brilliant reputation as a pioneering educationist, being
  • the first Nigerian woman to receive a doctorate degree (University of Chicago, 1963) 
  • the first female professor of mathematics education in Nigeria
  • the first female Vice Chancellor of a Nigerian university  (University of Benin, 1985-1992). 
    me and Dr. Williams at the ball (Sept 30, 2011)
 References: 
Women mathematicians at agnesscott.edu: A biography of Grace Alele-Williams
Punch Newspaper: Grace Alele-Williams hits 80
Wikipedia: Grace Alele-Williams 
YNaija: Photos from the TW Phoenix Gala Celebrating Matriachs and Protegées
Bellanaija: About the Phoenix Gala by TW (Today's Woman) Magazine, with photos  
AMU-CHMA: African Mathematical Union - Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa

Monday, December 3, 2012

Carnival of Mathematics 93

Welcome to the 93rd edition of the Carnival of Mathematics.

Here's the roundup:

Mr Honner verifies that this is NOT a trig. function
Look closely: is this really a trigonometric function?

John D. Cook shows that the Probability of Long Runs is greater than we think. 
E-Painting: Eye - Iris, by Tosin Otitoju

Nithesh at Sententia adores this book and wrote a review.
The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy "is about the history of the several attempts made to solve the long standing problem in Number theory called the “Riemann Hypothesis”. It also describes the larger picture about the lives of mathematicians, their idiosyncrasies, insecurities and their passion for the subject." 
Book cover: the music of the primes

Ed at Learn To Fish demonstrates how to draw regular polygons.
How to draw a regular pentagon

White Group Mathematics features advice for examination candidates at the A-levels: Focus on what comes next.
E-painting: Let's Fly, by Tosin Otitoju
Pat B constructs antiparallels, recommending the topic for high school geometry
Dragon, by Joan Martines, Messine, 1583

If you want more pictures, see The Golden Age of Maps/Charts online or at the French National Library till next month

If you want some physics, the Foundational Questions Institute has announced winners of this year's essay contest.

Gracias + Te amo: Cora Sadosky passed away exactly two years ago.   She was the best math professor, ever. 

See Carnival 92 at White Group Mathematics.
Carnival 94 will be hosted in January 2013 by Paul at The Aperiodical

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