When it comes to math humour, there's not much out there. There is a good list of jokes on MathOverflow. There's also Mathematical Apocrypha by Krantz, many of whose folklore stories are also amusing. The other day at the library I found another one: Riot at the Calc Exam by Colin Adams. Adams' book is […]
Some believe that if you're main profession is pure math research, you don't need a scientific calculator. That's simply not true. Although I don't use one nearly as much as when I was an undergrad, I still need a calculator and the only one I'm willing to use is the Casio FX-991MS.
When it comes to the philosophy of science, not many publications are relevant to modern practice. Let's take math. The current literature still talks about platonism. Look harder and you might find the rise of non-Euclidean geometry or other breakthroughs like cardinality. In short, the bulk of mathematical philosophy still consists of math that's hundreds […]
Today, public-key cryptography is everywhere, offering some measure of security for virtually all internet commerce transactions and secure shell connections. It's hard to imagine life without it, even though most people aren't aware of it. Steven Levy's Crypto is a great book to explain it and how it all came about. In fact, I first […]
I first heard of Edward Snowden when I was still a PhD student. He became world-famous for leaking huge numbers of NSA documents on their extensive surveillance and data collection program. (N.B. To be clear, I do not condone what Snowden did, but even so this book makes for interesting reading.) How this leak happened, […]
A Guest Post by Emily Polak From Here to Infinity: A Guide to Today’s Mathematics By Ian Stewart 1996 edition "From Here to Infinity" is an enchanting read, which inspires both budding mathematicians, and curious outsiders alike. For mathematicians are mysterious beings to the general population; enshrouded in a cloak of cryptic symbols, they slip […]
Posting has slowed a little bit this month because of holidays, but in the last couple weeks during my visit home I decided to refresh some basic knowledge of valuation theory by going through thoroughly the book "Introduction to p-adic Numbers and Valuation Theory" by George Bachman. Naturally, I wrote this quick review. Bachman's book […]