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Senior Cortney Logan at the Joint Mathematical Meetings in Boston

01.24.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, at the beginning of January, I was fortunate enough to attend the Joint Math Meetings (JMM) in Boston.  The meetings are an annual math conference hosted by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) consisting of thousands of talks, mini-courses, poster sessions, and panels and are ...

Typesetting math: TeX and LaTeX

03.26.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The previous post contained a rather complicated mathematical expression, which was typeset with two software systems, a typesetting program called TeX written by Donald Knuth, and TeX macro system called LaTeX written by Leslie Lamport.   Not so long ago (40 years) there was an adage stating that a sufficiently advanced mathematics text has a mistake ...

Happy Pi day!

03.14.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

All over the world mathematicians are celebrating Pi day today (Pi=3.1415…. so we celebrate on 3/14). Why celebrate a number?  Well, because it’s a special number with many mysterious properties and a habit of turning up unexpectedly.  For example, the self-taught Indian genius Ramanujan discovered that So, we are really celebrating the mysteries of Mathematics ...

Math department blog inaugural post

03.01.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Now that the math department blog is officially up and running, I figured an inaugural post was in order. I actually overheard this conversation on a bus once.  Rider 1: I know someone who owns nine cars. Rider 2: Wow! He must save a lot of money on gas!  Rider 1: How’s that?  Rider 2: ...