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# The Human Side of Computer Science

Charles Dickens, who inspired the name for “Pip,” the combined alter ego of bloggers Dick Lipton and Ken Regan.
Lipton and Regan write mainly about computer science, mathematics, and the history of those subjects, but they always put people first. Most posts start with a brief bio sketch of the person or people whose research they [...]

# Fermi Estimation with Liquid Mercury ...

Stick figures jumping on Rhode Island, part of an xkcd what-if post by Randall Munroe.
The semester is over (sorry, quarter system folks, but you can get your revenge in August and September), and you just want to put your feet up and surf the Internet. Of course, there are lots of ways you might accidentally learn something while you do that [...]

# Sniffing Out Theorems

Hector the dog is probably not sniffing out theorems. Image: SaudS, via Wikimedia Commons.
Patrick Stevens is an undergraduate mathematics student at the University of Cambridge, and I’ve really been enjoying his blog recently. He’s been doing a series of posts about discovering proofs of standard real analysis theorems. He writes that the se [...]

# Bad Statistics: Ignore or Call Out?

3-D pie charts are usually misleading. Image: Smallman12q, via Wikimedia Commons.
Andrew Gelman has been wondering how much time he should spend criticizing crappy research, and so am I. He wrote the post after a discussion with Jeff Leek of Simply Statistics about replication and criticism. Harsh criticism of preliminary studies could discou [...]

# Geometry and the Imagination

The universal cover of a genus 3 handlebody, visualized using the program kleinian. Image: Danny Calegari.
If you like geometric group theory or amazing pictures (but especially geometric group theory), you might want to start reading Geometry and the Imagination, written by University of Chicago mathematician Danny Calegari. I’ve been follow [...]

# On Teaching Analysis

Timothy Gowers, University of Cambridge mathematician and Fields Medalist, is teaching an analysis class this term, and fortunately for me, he’s blogging about it. Analysis IA is part of the first-year math major sequence at the University of Cambridge, and it is a rigorous approach to calculus at the undergraduate level. I am teaching a simi [...]

# Why Should We Fund Math Research?

Image: Nick Eres, via flickr.
Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org has been writing about how MOOCs might change the face of math departments and, ultimately, how math research gets funded. O’Neil is concerned that without calculus classes to teach, math research funding could dry up unless we do a better job convincing the public and funding agencie [...]

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