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Category Archives: What is Mathematics
Twelves short videos about members of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria
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Proof By Lice!
From camels to lice. (A proof promised here.) Theorem (Hopf and Pannwitz, 1934): Let be a set of points in the plane in general position (no three points on a line) and consider line segments whose endpoints are in . Then … Continue reading
Why is Mathematics Possible: Tim Gowers’s Take on the Matter
In a previous post I mentioned the question of why is mathematics possible. Among the interesting comments to the post, here is a comment by Tim Gowers: “Maybe the following would be a way of rephrasing your question. We know … Continue reading
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Tagged Foundations of Mathematics, Open discussion, Philosophy, Tim Gowers
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Why is mathematics possible?
Spectacular advances in number theory Last weeks we heard about two spectacular results in number theory. As announced in Nature, Yitang Zhang proved that there are infinitely many pairs of consecutive primes which are at most 70 million apart! This is a sensational achievement. … Continue reading
Fundamental Examples
It is not unusual that a single example or a very few shape an entire mathematical discipline. Can you give examples for such examples? I’d love to learn about further basic or central examples and I think such examples serve … Continue reading
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Rodica Simion: Immigrant Complex
Rodica Simion immigrated to the United States from Romania. She was a Professor of Mathematices at George Washington University untill her untimely death on January 7, 2000. Her poem “Immigrant complex” appeared in : “Against Infinity”, An Anthology of Contemporary … Continue reading
A Proof by Induction with a Difficulty
The time has come to prove that the number of edges in every finite tree is one less than the number of vertices (a tree is a connected graph with no cycle). The proof is by induction, but first you need … Continue reading
Polymath1: Success!
“polymath” based on internet image search And here is a link to the current draft of the paper. Update: March 26, the name of the post originally entitled “Polymath1: Probable Success!” was now updated to “Polymath1: Success!” It is now becoming … Continue reading
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Tagged polymath1, Density HalesJewett theorem
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Mathematics, Science, and Blogs
Michael Nielsen wrote a lovely essay entitled “Doing science online” about mathematics, science, and blogs. Michael’s primary example is a post over Terry Tao’s blog about the NavierStokes equation and he suggests blogs as a way of scaling up scientific conversation. Michael is writing … Continue reading
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Tagged Blogs, Michael Nielsen, Open science, polymath1, Tim Gowers
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