career - What's a mathematician to do? - MathOverflow

20 days ago by joecamel

"The product of mathematics is clarity and understanding. Not theorems, by themselves. Is there, for example any real reason that even such famous results as Fermat's Last Theorem, or the Poincaré conjecture, really matter? Their real importance is not in their specific statements, but their role in challenging our understanding, presenting challenges that led to mathematical developments that increased our understanding." Bill Thurston

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education
20 days ago by joecamel

Mathematics of Juggling - CornellCast

7 weeks ago by joecamel

Allen Knutson, Cornell professor of mathematics and former world record-holding juggler, gives a public demonstration and lecture on how juggling patterns can be represented the mathematically.

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juggling
interesting
inspiration
7 weeks ago by joecamel

Sunset Geometry

10 weeks ago by joecamel

"Vanderbei’s analysis is an elegant and subtle exercise in classical trigonometry. In this post, I would like to present an alternative analysis in a different language: Geometric Algebra."

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math
geometry
trigonometry
10 weeks ago by joecamel

On Norbert Blum’s claimed proof that P does not equal NP | in theory

august 2017 by joecamel

"so let me apologize by summarizing the claims in the paper."

math
tcs
pvsnp
luca.trevisan
2017
overview
august 2017 by joecamel

Statistician Proves Gaussian Correlation Inequality | Quanta Magazine

august 2017 by joecamel

"When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming."

math
statistics
research
probability
inequality
quanta
story
academia
august 2017 by joecamel

I am also an ACM ICPC finalist... | Hacker News

july 2017 by joecamel

A comment on skills acquired from prog-competition experience.

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experience
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education
july 2017 by joecamel

What Tensors Are For! - YouTube

june 2017 by joecamel

An intro video into tensor calculus lectures. Good motivation and high level overview (geometry - algebra).

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math
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overview
june 2017 by joecamel

Random: Probability, Mathematical Statistics, Stochastic Processes

april 2017 by joecamel

"Random (formerly Virtual Laboratories in Probability and Statistics) is a website devoted to probability, mathematical statistics, and stochastic processes, and is intended for teachers and students of these subjects."

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statistics
tutorial
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intro
april 2017 by joecamel

The Abel Prize 2017 - Yves Meyer - YouTube

march 2017 by joecamel

"for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets."

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talk
overview
wavelets
signal.processing
terrytao
intro
abel.prize
2017
march 2017 by joecamel

Is “the theory of everything” merely the ultimate ensemble theory?

february 2017 by joecamel

The paper contains an interesting figure that illustrates relationships between various basic mathematical structures.

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visualization
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algebra
february 2017 by joecamel

Modes, Medians and Means: A Unifying Perspective

february 2017 by joecamel

"We’ve just seen that the mode, median and mean all arise from a simple parametric process in which we try to minimize the average discrepancy between a single number ss and a list of numbers, x1,x2,…,xnx1,x2,…,xn that we try to summarize using ss. In a future blog post, I’ll describe how the ideas we’ve just introduced relate to the concept of LpLp norms."

statistics
intro
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post
math
february 2017 by joecamel

Can a Chess Piece Explain Markov Chains? | Infinite Series - YouTube

january 2017 by joecamel

A cool example of stationary distribution theorem (expected time of return to starting state).

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math
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intro
example
education
january 2017 by joecamel

[1612.09375v1] Basic Category Theory

january 2017 by joecamel

This short introduction to category theory is for readers with relatively little mathematical background. At its heart is the concept of a universal property, important throughout mathematics. After a chapter introducing the basic definitions, separate chapters present three ways of expressing universal properties: via adjoint functors, representable functors, and limits. A final chapter ties the three together.

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arxiv
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january 2017 by joecamel

The moving sofa problem — Dan Romik's home page

january 2017 by joecamel

"The mathematician Leo Moser posed in 1966 the following curious mathematical problem: what is the shape of largest area in the plane that can be moved around a right-angled corner in a two-dimensional hallway of width 1? This question became known as the moving sofa problem, and is still unsolved fifty years after it was first asked."

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visualization
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education
january 2017 by joecamel

Mathematical Components

december 2016 by joecamel

Mathematical Components is the name of a library of formalized mathematics for the Coq system. It covers a variety of topics, from the theory of basic data structures (e.g., numbers, lists, finite sets) to advanced results in various flavors of algebra. This library constitutes the infrastructure for the machine checked proofs of the Four Color Theorem and of the Odd Order Theorem.

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math
cs
december 2016 by joecamel

Course Catalogue | The Theoretical Minimum

december 2016 by joecamel

"The Theoretical Minimum courses include a core sequence of six courses, plus a set of supplemental courses that teach additional related material. The core sequence is currently being repeated with Statistical Mechanics being taught during Spring quarter, 2013."

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math
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list
learning
education
leonard.susskind
december 2016 by joecamel

Clifford Algebra: A visual introduction | slehar

november 2016 by joecamel

"Clifford Algebra, a.k.a. Geometric Algebra, is a most extraordinary synergistic confluence of a diverse range of specialized mathematical fields, each with its own methods and formalisms, all of which find a single unified formalism under Clifford Algebra. It is a unifying language for mathematics, and a revealing language for physics."

algebra
math
clifford
introduction
motivation
november 2016 by joecamel

How Quaternions encode rotations: derivation and sample code | Hacker News

september 2016 by joecamel

Discussion and resources on HN

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3d
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list
september 2016 by joecamel

Oersted Medal Lecture 2002: Reforming the Mathematical Language of Physics

september 2016 by joecamel

"We can do better! Research on the design and use of

mathematical systems provides a guide for designing a unified mathematical language for the whole of physics that facilitates learning and enhances physical insight. This has produced a comprehensive language called Geometric Algebra, which I introduce with emphasis on how it simplifies and integrates classical and quantum physics."

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physics
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2002
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oersted
pdf
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mathematical systems provides a guide for designing a unified mathematical language for the whole of physics that facilitates learning and enhances physical insight. This has produced a comprehensive language called Geometric Algebra, which I introduce with emphasis on how it simplifies and integrates classical and quantum physics."

september 2016 by joecamel

[1609.01421] Struggles with the Continuum

september 2016 by joecamel

"Our assumption that spacetime is a continuum leads to many challenges in mathematical physics. Singularities, divergent integrals and the like threaten many of our favorite theories, from Newtonian gravity to classical electrodynamics, quantum electrodynamics and the Standard Model. In general relativity, singularities are intimately connected to some of the theory's most dramatic successful predictions. We survey these problems and the large amount of work that has gone into dealing with them."

math
mathematics
physics
arxiv
pdf
paper
john.baez
overview
history
september 2016 by joecamel

Great Mathematicians on Math Competitions and "Genius" - Less Wrong

july 2016 by joecamel

"As I mentioned in Fields Medalists on School Mathematics, school mathematics usually gives a heavily distorted picture of mathematical practice. It's common for bright young people to participate in math competitions, an activity which is closer to that of mathematical practice. Unfortunately, while math competitions may be more representative of mathematical practice than school mathematics, math competitions are themselves greatly misleading. Furthermore, they've become tied to a misleading mythological conception of "genius." I've collected relevant quotations below."

education
math
mathematics
interviews
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post
lesswrong
july 2016 by joecamel

Book of Proof by Richard Hammack

june 2016 by joecamel

This book is an introduction to the standard methods of proving mathematical theorems. It has been approved by the American Institute of Mathematics' Open Textbook Initiative.

book
math
mathematics
proofs
introduction
june 2016 by joecamel

Singular Value Decomposition Part 2: Theorem, Proof, Algorithm | Math ∩ Programming

june 2016 by joecamel

’m just going to jump right into the definitions and rigor, so if you haven’t read the previous post motivating the singular value decomposition, go back and do that first. This post will be theorem, proof, algorithm, data. The data set we test on is a thousand-story CNN news data set. All of the data, code, and examples used in this post is in a github repository, as usual.

HN: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11710154

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HN: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11710154

june 2016 by joecamel

The HoTT book | Mathematics and Computation

november 2014 by joecamel

We are a group of two dozen mathematicians who wrote a 600 page book in less than half a year.

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type.theory
2013
november 2014 by joecamel

Modern Algebra | Mathematics | MIT OpenCourseWare

november 2014 by joecamel

This undergraduate course focuses on traditional algebra topics that have found greatest application in science and engineering as well as in mathematics.

math
algebra
lecturenotes
mit
ocw
course
november 2014 by joecamel

How to talk Mathematics - P. R. Halmos

november 2014 by joecamel

The purpose of what follows is to suggest to a young mathematician what he might do (and what he had better not do) the first few times that he gives a public lecture on his subject.

math
halmos
advice
november 2014 by joecamel

Subhash Khot, Unique Games Conjecturer, Is Awarded Rolf Nevanlinna Prize | Simons Foundation

august 2014 by joecamel

Subhash Khot’s bold conjecture is helping mathematicians explore the precise limits of computation.

tcs
video
simons
article
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prize
august 2014 by joecamel

Maryam Mirzakhani Is First Woman Fields Medalist | Simons Foundation

august 2014 by joecamel

Maryam Mirzakhani’s monumental work draws deep connections between topology, geometry and dynamical systems.

math
science
fields.medal
article
2014
august 2014 by joecamel

Martin Gardner's classic napkin ring puzzle | Hacker News

july 2014 by joecamel

One of those cases where using integrals rather than geometry is much simpler...

hn
math
martin.gardner
discussion
analysis
puzzle
july 2014 by joecamel

Primers | Math ∩ Programming

june 2014 by joecamel

"As a fair warning to the reader, these primers are a bit more terse than what you’d find in your average textbook."

algorithms
programming
math
reference
tutorials
june 2014 by joecamel

How to Conquer Tensorphobia | Math ∩ Programming

june 2014 by joecamel

"This post is an attempt to bridge the gap between the elementary and advanced understandings of tensors. We’ll start with the elementary (axiomatic) approach, just to get a good feel for the objects we’re working with and their essential properties. Then we’ll transition to the “universal” mode of thought, with the express purpose of enlightening us as to why the properties are both necessary and natural."

algebra
math
mathematics
programming
tensors
introduction
explanation
blog
cs
june 2014 by joecamel

Essential Math for Games Programmers

may 2014 by joecamel

"This tutorial deepens the approach of the previous years' Essential Math for Games Programmers, by spending one day on general math topics, and one day focusing in on the topic of physical simulation. It, like the previous tutorials, provides a toolbox of techniques for programmers, with references and links for those looking for more information."

math
game
graphics
programming
list
slides
resources
may 2014 by joecamel

Demystifying the Fourier magic | XRDS

may 2014 by joecamel

"Over the years I have gotten used to seeing many theorems in theoretical computer science being proved using discrete Fourier analysis. The Walsh-Fourier (Hadamard) transform of Boolean functions proved to be extremely useful in virtually every subfield of theoretical computer science, including PCPs, property testing, pseudorandomness, and communication complexity. As it turns out, many seemingly hard problems can be solved by writing the Walsh-Fourier expansion and using basic theorems of harmonic analysis."

cs
math
tcs
article
fourier.transform
pcp
may 2014 by joecamel

Richard Hamming: "Learning to Learn" - YouTube

may 2014 by joecamel

"The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn" was the capstone course by Dr. Richard W. Hamming (1915-1998) for graduate students at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California"

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may 2014 by joecamel

How to work out proofs in Analysis I | Gowers's Weblog

may 2014 by joecamel

"Now that we’ve had several results about sequences and series, it seems like a good time to step back a little and discuss how you should go about memorizing their proofs. And the very first thing to say about that is that you should attempt to do this while making as little use of your memory as you possibly can."

analysis
education
gowers
math
proof
may 2014 by joecamel

Machine learning is easier than it looks | Hacker News

november 2013 by joecamel

I'd like to chime in here as a mathematician.

Many people here express their feelings that math or computer science papers are very difficult to read. Some even suggest that they're deliberately written this way. The truth is that yes, they in fact are deliberately written this way, but the reason is actually opposite of many HNers impression: authors want to make the papers easier to understand, and not more difficult.

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Many people here express their feelings that math or computer science papers are very difficult to read. Some even suggest that they're deliberately written this way. The truth is that yes, they in fact are deliberately written this way, but the reason is actually opposite of many HNers impression: authors want to make the papers easier to understand, and not more difficult.

november 2013 by joecamel

An Intuitive Guide to Linear Algebra | BetterExplained

october 2012 by joecamel

Some ideas in the article might be used for introductions to Linear Algebra.

algebra
learning
math
linearalgebra
october 2012 by joecamel

Mathematical Education by William P. Thurston

august 2012 by joecamel

"This essay, originally published in the Sept 1990 Notices of the AMS, discusses problems of our mathematical education system that often stem from widespread misconceptions by well-meaning people of the process of learning mathematics. The essay also discusses ideas for fixing some of the problems. Most of what I wrote in 1990 remains equally applicable today."

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inspiration
august 2012 by joecamel

Teichmuller Theory: foreword by William Thurston

august 2012 by joecamel

"In the same way, any idea in mathematics can be thought about in many different ways, with competing advantages. When mathematics is explained, formalized and written down, there is a strong tendency to favor symbolic modes of thought at the expense of everything else, because symbols are easier to write and more standardized than other modes of reasoning. But when mathematics loses its connection to our minds, it dissolves into a haze."

"After a few experiences of reading a few pages only to discover that I really had no idea what I'd just read, I learned to drink lots of coffee, slow way down, and accept that I needed to read these books at 1/10th or 1/50th standard reading speed, pay attention to every single word and backtrack to look up all the obscure numbers of equations and theorems in order to follow the arguments. Even so, when something was ``left to the reader'', I generally left it as well."

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"After a few experiences of reading a few pages only to discover that I really had no idea what I'd just read, I learned to drink lots of coffee, slow way down, and accept that I needed to read these books at 1/10th or 1/50th standard reading speed, pay attention to every single word and backtrack to look up all the obscure numbers of equations and theorems in order to follow the arguments. Even so, when something was ``left to the reader'', I generally left it as well."

august 2012 by joecamel

Measurement — Paul Lockhart | Harvard University Press

july 2012 by joecamel

A book by the author of "Mathematician's Lament": "For seven years, Paul Lockhart’s A Mathematician’s Lament enjoyed a samizdat-style popularity in the mathematics underground, before demand prompted its 2009 publication to even wider applause and debate. An impassioned critique of K–12 mathematics education, it outlined how we shortchange students by introducing them to math the wrong way. Here Lockhart offers the positive side of the math education story by showing us how math should be done. Measurement offers a permanent solution to math phobia by introducing us to mathematics as an artful way of thinking and living."

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math
mathematics
paul.lockhart
education
july 2012 by joecamel

Music For Geeks And Nerds

july 2012 by joecamel

"Learn more about music with Python and a little bit of math."

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math
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programming
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july 2012 by joecamel

Tim Gowers on "Open Science and the Future of Publishing" - YouTube

july 2012 by joecamel

Video clips from the recent public debate on "Open Science and the Future of Publishing" held at Univ. of Oxford.

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july 2012 by joecamel

The Calculus Trap

june 2012 by joecamel

True: "If ever you are by far the best, or the most interested, student in a classroom, then you should find another classroom. Students of like interest and ability feed off of each other. They learn from each other; they challenge and inspire each other."

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school
june 2012 by joecamel

Epsilon Camp FAQ: Problems vs. Exercises

june 2012 by joecamel

"I frequently encounter discussions among parents about repetitive school mathematics

lessons, so a few years ago I prepared this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document

about the distinction between mathematics exercises (good in sufficient but not excessive amount) and mathematics problems (always good in any amount)." Check other questions for more links and refs!

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lessons, so a few years ago I prepared this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document

about the distinction between mathematics exercises (good in sufficient but not excessive amount) and mathematics problems (always good in any amount)." Check other questions for more links and refs!

june 2012 by joecamel

Article on math education: In Math You Have to Remember...

june 2012 by joecamel

Based around Boaler's work. Discussion on hn: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4083998

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education
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2010
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teaching
june 2012 by joecamel

6.849: Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra (Fall 2010)

february 2012 by joecamel

"Whenever you have a physical object to be reconfigured, geometric folding often comes into play. This class is about algorithms for analyzing and designing such folds."

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mit
ocw
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course
february 2012 by joecamel

What is it like to have an understanding of very advanced mathematics? - Quora

january 2012 by joecamel

Great answer on quora. "Over on Google+, Timothy Gowers liked this comment so much he wished it were published someplace like the Notices of the American Mathematical Society."

math
quora
inspiration
motivation
insightful
january 2012 by joecamel

A map of the Tricki | Tricki

december 2011 by joecamel

Although it didn't catch up there are some interesting (advanced) materials. "This is an attempt to give a quick guide to the top few levels of the Tricki. It may cease to be feasible when the Tricki gets bigger, but we might perhaps be able to automate additions to it. Clicking on arrows just to the right of the name of an article reveals its subarticles. If you want to hide the subarticles again, then you should click to the right of them rather than clicking on the name of one of the subarticles themselves, since otherwise you will follow a link to that subarticle."

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december 2011 by joecamel

Normal subgroups and quotient groups « Gowers's Weblog

december 2011 by joecamel

"In this post, then, I’d like to give a fictitious account of why normal subgroups and quotient groups were introduced into group theory, once some of the more basic concepts were already in place."

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theory
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december 2011 by joecamel

Navigating Cities and Understanding Proofs « Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

october 2011 by joecamel

"Today I want to talk about why some proofs are hard to understand, not hard to discover." Discussion in the comments section is interesting.

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october 2011 by joecamel

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