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Category Archives: Rant
Cookies for everyone!
Chicago University has recently moved to twofactor authentication. While this is not itself objectionable, it is pretty annoying to have to have access my cell phone for push notifications just to be able to use MathSciNet. Fortunately, there is (at … Continue reading
Nobody Cares About Your Paper
I handle quite a few papers (though far fewer than other editors I know) as an associate editor at Mathematische Zeitschrift. Since the acceptance rate at Math Zeit is something in the neighbourhood of 20%, there are certainly good papers … Continue reading
Hiring Season
Lizard 1: Wait, explain again why we bury our young in the sand and thereby place them into mortal peril? Lizard 2: So they develop character! If it was good enough for me, it’s good enough for them. (Feel free … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics, Politics, Rant, Travel
Tagged Galapagos Islands, Hiring Season, Lizards, Mortal Peril, Planet Earth, Snakes
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The ABC conjecture has (still) not been proved
The ABC conjecture has (still) not been proved. Five years ago, Cathy O’Neil laid out a perfectly cogent case for why the (at that point recent) claims by Shinichi Mochizuki should not (yet) be regarded as constituting a proof of … Continue reading
The True Heirs To Ramanujan
If you are in need of some light relief, you could do worse than peruse the opinions of Doron Zeilberger, who, if viewed strictly through the lens of these ramblings, appears to have a relationship with theoretical mathematics something along … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics, Rant
Tagged Deligne, Indefinite Theta Series, Ken Ono, Lerch Sums, Mock Modular Forms, Mock Theta Functions, Ramanujan, Unabomber, Zeilberger
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Public Displays of Mathematics
Let me start by saying that I’m in favor of making the effort to both educate the public about mathematics (as well as science more generally) and to convey to them a sense of the excitement of our discipline. But … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics, Rant
Tagged 538, Alinea, Babylonians, Business School, Classical Music, E8, Intellectual Dishonesty, Journalism, LMFDB, Molecular Gastronomy, NPR, Numberphile, Playdoh, Plimpton 322, Pythagorean Triples, red herring, Roots of Unity, Sensationalism, sexagesimal, The Guardian, Trigonometry, UNSW
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fivethirtyeight.com doesn’t understand mathematics
I happened to find myself browsing fivethirtyeight.com a few weeks ago, where I came across a column known as the “riddler.” The particular problem of the week (see here) was to answer the following: Problem: Itâ€™s Friday and that means … Continue reading