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Friday, October 20, 2017

Another big star in the math sky

Vladimir Voevodsky (1966-2017) is credited with:
1. providing "a long-sought connection between the fields of topology and algebraic geometry."
2. propelling “the drive to mechanize proof and proof verification"

Please read about his life and work in Quanta: 

The Washington Post:

and the New York Times obituary: 


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Thursday, October 5, 2017



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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mathematician Mirzakhani, Princess of Persia

It's a wonderful story.  It's an inspiring story:  Iran’s state-run newspapers break with the country’s strict rules and show the mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani the way she was, with her head uncovered, as the country mourns her death at the age of 40

Mirzakhani was the first and (so far) only woman to be awarded a Fields Medal.  That was three years ago
The world will always have her work, and these stories.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

What do you read?


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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Do you ask WHY? Reflections on everything uni.

1.
Just chill!
 
This 2017 commencement speaker studied Mechanical engineering (commonsense?) and Accounting (obsolescence?) at AUC.  What was the point? 

2.
The three-horned bull, whenever you're ready.

3.
The why of studying education?
 
Question everything, even the foundations. 

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hidden Figures

Everybody says SEE IT. 
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/how-hidden-figures-got-1960s-kodachrome-look-963042
Rotten Tomatoes - over 90%
The Academy (Oscars) - 3 Nominations, including Best Picture.
Screen Actors Guild - Won, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
 
http://www.metacritic.com/movie/hidden-figures

My sisters watched it in theaters months ago with my young cousin, and they said oh I just had to see it.  I've just watched it, finally, and oh yes.  Oh yes.  Even if you're old-fashioned and racist, don't deprive yourself of a very fine movie. 
http://people.com/awards/oscars-2017-katherine-johnson-applause-hidden-figures-inspiration/
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Friday, May 12, 2017

I love math(s) so I love me



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Still on my to-do list: learn Nonlinear Systems and Dynamics from Steven Strogatz (possibly through the publicly-available video series) , and separately, find out what Google Classroom is about - it could be my next addiction. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

#NextGreatDiscovery

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sometimes science is radical, artistic.



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Friday, February 17, 2017

What do you see?



 "Benjamin Banneker was obsessed with math and science. And his appetite for knowledge only grew as he taught himself astronomy, mathematics, engineering, and the study of the natural world."

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I've also been studying lives on Wikipedia: of Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Shall we stick with logic or should we consider a shift to meaninglessness?


Reasoning is important. 



(We can still agree on this, one hopes?)

This series will teach you how to do it well.
  • Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments 
  • Think Again II: How to Reason Deductively 
  • Think Again III: How to Reason Inductively 
  • Think Again IV: How to Avoid Fallacies
It's called Think Again (How To Reason And Argue) on CourseraHere are some reviews.  I haven't taken it myself, but I adore Coursera as you know, and I recall that this was touted as a most popular and well-loved course. 


Mathematicians are getting tired of the illogic in (American, soon-to-be-world) society, so please do what you can to help! 
Study something. 
Be less illogical. 
Share 'Think Again' with your friends. 

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Read Sergey Brin's mind #WEF17 #Davos

 Google/alphabet co-founder, Perennial top-five on my marry list, ... What is he thinking Re: Labour markets, Tech/Science, Education/Health, Social Evolution, ... ?

This 30-minute World Economic Forum "An Insight + An Idea" interview was wonderful for me in clarifying the uncertainties (e.g. AI and robotics eradicating jobs) and clarifying too that I really do have the right ideas for engaging this so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution : I teach/learn omnivorously, spend time creatively, invest less in outmoded structures/systems, feel free to work more for pleasure and/or meaning than before, ...

Alongside this future-correctness, however, I have no current income, so I often have to address the small matter of money for 1. food 2. internet 3. extras. I wish I had more "extras" 😎 

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