Category Archives: What is Mathematics

What is mathematics (or at least, how it feels)

(I suppose that this amazing picture can serve as a metaphor also for life, for science, for human rights, for happiness and for a variety of other things.) Picture: AFP Suez Canal: the Ever Green ship blockage.

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Thomas Vidick: What it is that we do

Originally posted on MyCQstate:
This post is a follow-up on some somewhat off-hand comments that I made earlier regarding the notion of truth in a “proof-based” discipline such as pure mathematics or theoretical computer science. Since the former is easier…

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Peter Cameron: Doing research

Originally posted on Peter Cameron's Blog:
Probably every research mathematician has been asked the question, “How do you do mathematical research?” Some lay people think we simply figure out ways of doing bigger and bigger long multiplications. Many more…

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Igor Pak: What if they are all wrong?

Originally posted on Igor Pak's blog:
Conjectures are a staple of mathematics. They are everywhere, permeating every area, subarea and subsubarea. They are diverse enough to avoid a single general adjective. They come in al shapes and sizes. Some…

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Alef Corner: Math Collaboration

Another artistic view by Alef on mathematical collaboration.   Other Alef’s corner posts

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Alef’s Corner: Math Collaboration 2

Other Alef’s corner posts

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To cheer you up in difficult times 11: Immortal Songs by Sabine Hossenfelder and by Tom Lehrer

Enjoy! To cheer you up in difficult times here are songs by Sabine Hossenfelder and by Tom Lehrer. I like the music and lyrics and the unusual combination of science, humor and satire. Sabine Hossenfelder : Outer space* Tom Lehrer: … Continue reading

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To cheer you up in difficult times 4: Women In Theory present — I will survive

An amazing video (Update, May18 2020). I failed to explain what WIT is and this may have caused some misunderstanding. Here is a description from the Simons Institute site. “The Women in Theory (WIT) Workshop is intended for graduate and … Continue reading

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TYI44: “What Then, To Raise an Old Question, is Mathematics?”

“The argument is carried out not in mathematical symbols but in ordinary English, there is no obscure or technical terms. Knowledge of calculus is not presupposed. In fact, one hardly need to know how to count. Yet any mathematician will … Continue reading

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To cheer you up in complicated times – A book proof by Rom Pinchasi and Alexandr Polyanskii for a 1978 Conjecture by Erdős and Purdy!

Things do not look that good, and these are difficult times. But here on the blog we have plenty of things to cheer you up and assure you. And today we point to two book proofs — two book proofs … Continue reading

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