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= MAT194: Mathematics Seminar (Spring 2021) =
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= Overview: Welcome to this virtual edition of the 2021 seminar! =
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== Overview ==
 
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=== Welcome to this virtual edition of a seminar! ===
 
That's an odd concept, especially asynchronously.... So we're going to be using this Wiki to create a class "discussion", if you will, about a variety of topics in mathematics. The emphasis here will be on studying a number of (what I hope are really) interesting topics in Mathematics, many of which we don't encounter in the standard math major's curriculum. That's a pity, and one of the reasons why I'm including them here, for us.
That's an odd concept, especially asynchronously.... So we're going to be using this Wiki to create a class "discussion", if you will, about a variety of topics in mathematics. The emphasis here will be on studying a number of (what I hope are really) interesting topics in Mathematics, many of which we don't encounter in the standard math major's curriculum. That's a pity, and one of the reasons why I'm including them here, for us.
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=== Each topic will have its own page. ===
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= [[MAT194 Presentations, 2021]] =
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Each of you is expected to make some contributions to each project page. The cool thing about a wiki is that many people can collaborate to create the final product. There is also a history, which shows exactly who made each change -- so take care! Big Brother is watching...:) Hopefully Big Brother will be impressed, amused, and otherwise enjoy watching, however. If you've never used a wiki, have no fear -- it's easy, and, like lots of things, the best way to learn is by doing. So let's go!
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=== Generally each topic will feature a series of questions. ===
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= Topics =
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Your job is to play around with the questions, and think about what others are saying. You should try to answer all of the question -- just chip in a little here and there. '''It should be a conversation, and not a monologue.''' So if you've been contributing a lot, sit back and let some other folks chime in -- and listen! Ask each other questions -- challenge each other. But let's see what we can do -- together.
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== Topic #1: [[A Mathematician's Lament, By Paul Lockhart]] ==
== Topic #1: [[A Mathematician's Lament, By Paul Lockhart]] ==
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== Topic #6: [[Beautiful Mathematics/Beautiful Mathematicians]] ==
== Topic #6: [[Beautiful Mathematics/Beautiful Mathematicians]] ==
== Topic #7: [[The Power of Simple Representations]] ==
== Topic #7: [[The Power of Simple Representations]] ==
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== Topic #8: [[Iconoclastic (Snarky) Math -- Vi Hart]] ==
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== Topic #9 [[Visualizing Vastness, and Other Tales -- Steven Strogatz]] ==
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https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/the-enemy-of-my-enemy/
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== Topic #?: [[The Power of Simple Representations]] ==
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https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/group-think/
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http://devlinsangle.blogspot.com/2017/07/
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https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/visualizing-vastness/#more-134791
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https://vimeo.com/204368634
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https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/dangerous-intersection/#more-134448
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[https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00304-8 AI maths whiz creates tough new problems for humans to solve]: Algorithm named after mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan suggests interesting formulae, some of which are difficult to prove true.
[https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00304-8 AI maths whiz creates tough new problems for humans to solve]: Algorithm named after mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan suggests interesting formulae, some of which are difficult to prove true.
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= Appendices =
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= [[MAT194:Some Tips | MAT194 Editing tips]] =
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== [[MAT194:Some Tips | MAT194 Editing tips]] ==
* Please add tips of your own. You might want to put in a list of responses: click the link above for how to make lists.
* Please add tips of your own. You might want to put in a list of responses: click the link above for how to make lists.
* Add tips to that page, or specific help for this page.
* Add tips to that page, or specific help for this page.

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Contents

Overview: Welcome to this virtual edition of the 2021 seminar!

That's an odd concept, especially asynchronously.... So we're going to be using this Wiki to create a class "discussion", if you will, about a variety of topics in mathematics. The emphasis here will be on studying a number of (what I hope are really) interesting topics in Mathematics, many of which we don't encounter in the standard math major's curriculum. That's a pity, and one of the reasons why I'm including them here, for us.

MAT194 Presentations, 2021

Topics

Topic #1: A Mathematician's Lament, By Paul Lockhart

Topic #2: The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance

Topic #3: Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

Topic #4: How to Equitably Distribute the Covid Vaccine

Topic #5: What a picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a bikini tells us about the disturbing future of AI

Topic #6: Beautiful Mathematics/Beautiful Mathematicians

Topic #7: The Power of Simple Representations

Topic #8: Iconoclastic (Snarky) Math -- Vi Hart

Topic #9 Visualizing Vastness, and Other Tales -- Steven Strogatz

Appendices

MAT194 Editing tips

  • Please add tips of your own. You might want to put in a list of responses: click the link above for how to make lists.
  • Add tips to that page, or specific help for this page.
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