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Archive for December, 2010

23 Dec

Mathematics on the Road

TweetHere is a story about the topologist R H Bing (1914-1986): One day R H Bing was driving a group of mathematicians to a conference. As usual, Bing launched into a detailed discussion of a particular problem in topology that he wanted to solve. The passengers were nearly as initerested in the math as Bing, […]

21 Dec

The Significance of the Long Division

TweetI am going to quote from a new book by Reuben Hersh and Vera John-Steiner (p. 26). Alice Schaefer (1915-2009), a US mathematician, head of the mathematics department at Wellesley College from 1962 to 1980, happened to skip from third to fourth grade. At the time her teacher said that, although she and one of […]

02 Dec

Is Mathematics an Exact Science?

TweetThis is a hard question to answer because there are many views on what mathematics is and whether it is a science at all, let alone an exact one. And, of course, there is a question of what constitutes an exact science. To compound it all, not only it is possible to question the meaning […]

01 Dec

An Instance of Online Cooperation - the Rascal Triangle

TweetThe latest College Mathematics Journal brought an absolutely marvelous news. Three young boys from three different countries who never met managed to discover and solve online a problem and report its solution in a hard copy in a respectable math publication. I remove my hat to Alif Anggoro, Java Bekasi, Indonesia, seventh grade Eddy Liu, […]

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