Archive for March, 2011

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: ...