September 17, 2014
Meet The Class Of 2014 (MacArthur Fellows): Jacob Lurie

MacArthur Foundation:

Lurie embraces an extraordinary breadth of vision—rewriting large swathes of mathematics from a new point of view—while also working to apply his foundational ideas to prove important new theorems in other areas. With an entire generation of young theorists currently being trained on Lurie’s new foundations, his greatest impact is yet to come.

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September 17, 2014
Toronto schools scoring higher in reading and writing, but falter in math

Caroline Alphonso and Kate Hammer:

Math has emerged as a challenge for Canadian educators as international standardized test scores have been steadily falling in every province except Quebec. Parents have been appealing to the ministries of education to take a back-to-basics approach to teaching math, emphasizing repetition and drills over problem solving. Alberta has been the only province to bend to pressure from parents for curriculum changes, with the government announcing that it would require students to memorize their multiplication tables and recall other basic math starting this fall.

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September 17, 2014
Meet The Class Of 2014 (MacArthur Fellows): Yitang Zhang

MacArthur Foundation:

Yitang Zhang is a mathematician who emerged from relative obscurity with a landmark achievement in analytic number theory: the so-called bounded prime gap, which essentially establishes that the difference in spacing between two consecutive prime numbers is, infinitely often, bounded by a fixed number.

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September 16, 2014
Sharks Act Like Math Geniuses

Jennifer Viegas:

For the study, published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Reynolds began by asking a simple question, namely how do sharks perform Lévy flights? As he said, “They are not mathematicians.”

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September 16, 2014

An interesting approach to solving those pesky “A train leaves the station heading…” algebra problems. Enjoy!

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September 16, 2014
Common Core math is not fuzzy

Solomon Friedberg:

To appreciate the changes under way, and perhaps to understand the anxiety provoked by Common Core, it’s helpful to look at math before the core.

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September 15, 2014
Shame celebrities who boast about poor maths, says numeracy charity

Richard Garner:

In a report published today, it asks people in positions of influence, “whether parents or broadcasters”, to “think twice before making disparaging remarks about maths ability”, and says that “prominent offenders” should be named and shamed.

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September 15, 2014
Maple Leafs' math whiz Patrick Watling embraces hockey analytics

Kevin McGran:

Watling, a member of the Toronto Marlies and at his first Leaf rookie camp trying to raise a few eyebrows, is the rare player who gets Corsi and Fenwick and other advanced stats that are bringing a new way to look at hockey.

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September 15, 2014
Imitation Game wins Toronto top prize

Genevieve Hassan:

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game has won the People’s Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival.

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September 15, 2014
The Mathematics of Ebola Trigger Stark Warnings: Act Now or Regret It

Maryn McKenna:

The most arresting is a piece published last week in the journal Eurosurveillance, which is the peer-reviewed publication of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (the EU’s Stockholm-based version of the US CDC). The piece is an attempt to assess mathematically how the epidemic is growing, by using case reports to determine the “reproductive number.” (Note for non-epidemiology geeks: The basic reproductive number — usually shorted to R0 or “R-nought” — expresses how many cases of disease are likely to be caused by any one infected person. An R0 of less than 1 means an outbreak will die out; an R0 of more than 1 means an outbreak can be expected to increase. If you saw the movie Contagion, this is what Kate Winslet stood up and wrote on a whiteboard early in the film.)

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September 15, 2014
Unhappy Truckers and Other Algorithmic Problems

Tom Vanderbilt:

Her comment reflects a basic truth about the math that runs underneath the surface of nearly every modern transportation system, from bike-share rebalancing to airline crew scheduling to grocery delivery services. Modeling a simplified version of a transportation problem presents one set of challenges (and they can be significant). But modeling the real world, with constraints like melting ice cream and idiosyncratic human behavior, is often where the real challenge lies. As mathematicians, operations research specialists, and corporate executives set out to mathematize and optimize the transportation networks that interconnect our modern world, they are re-discovering some of our most human quirks and capabilities. They are finding that their job is as much to discover the world, as it is to change it.

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September 13, 2014
Push continues for change in Ontario's math curriculum

Christina Blizzard:

Recent Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) test results confirmed what math savvy parents have been saying.

From what I can gather after reading this article, “math savvy parents” are those that know their multiplication tables…

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September 13, 2014
Learn to love maths

Alex Bellos:

Broadly speaking, maths is the search for patterns and the solving of puzzles through deductive thought. It is and has always been a playful discipline, accessible to all. These are four of my favourite mathematical ideas to get you started.

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September 13, 2014
The Maths Behind the Simpsons' Women

Roger Highfield:

In an event at the Science Museum in London on 26th September, Simon Singh, author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, will explain how the Fox animated sitcom is the most mathematically-sophisticated show in the history of prime time broadcasting, and that Lisa is a critical ingredient. “When I talk to school kids about the mathematics hidden in The Simpsons, I always stress Lisa’s character, because she is such a great role model for girls who might be budding geeks or nascent nerds,” he says.

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September 12, 2014
Tran-Davies to Premier Prentice: our new Education Minister must not follow unsubstantiated educational trends and fads

Nhung Tran-Davies, hot on the heels of Anna Stokke and her recent article, ‘Too much math education is based on pet theories’, published in The Globe and Mail on September 8th.

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