What’s in a name? OK, the title of this week’s post is deceptive. I don’t plan to debate whether mathematics is an art or science (or neither or both), nor will I consider the relative truth of the continuum hypothesis depending on which axioms of set theory you accept. Having returned from Greece, where modern mathematics partially originated… Read More The meaning of Mathematics
Seeing is believing In my field of graph theory, or network science as it is sometimes called, we study dots and lines, and the patterns formed by the dots joining up with lines. The dots are referred to as nodes and the lines are edges. Networks are combinatorial patterns, analyzed using discrete mathematics. In network science, we… Read More Visualizing networks
January is one of my busiest months behind September. I’m focusing my energy now on NSERC evaluations, writing my book on graph searching, pursuing my research program, and working with graduate students. I’m also Associate Dean and teaching a course, so things are hectic (the question really is, when are they not?). For this blog, I… Read More Mashup: PBS Infinite Series, NSERC, and Anna Magnani
Thank you On this 100th blog posting, I begin by giving a huge thank you to all the readers of The Intrepid Mathematician. As any blogger will tell you, we thrive on readership. I’ve had about 34,800 hits so far and am thrilled with the response. Please keep visiting and commenting, and share my posts… Read More 100th blog!
I finished my eighth half marathon last weekend. Since I started running in 2004, I finished six marathons and several 10k and 5k races. I enjoy running longer distances. Although I’m not a competitive runner, I am proud of my running achievements. Running gives me time to think. Mathematical proofs have popped into my head… Read More Setting goals as a mathematician
Nassif Ghoussoub is the founder and current director of the Banff International Research Station, the founding director of the Pacific Institute of Mathematics, and the co-founder of MITACS NCE. On top of all that, he is an award-winning mathematician, whose most recent work focuses on differential equations and mass transport theory. I met Nassif when he… Read More Interview with a mathematician: Nassif Ghoussoub
It’s Mathematics Awareness Day at my home institution of Ryerson University. In honour of the occasion, I wrote a special blog cataloguing a day in the life of a mathematician (me!). Also, I am taking over @RyersonSci on Twitter for the day. There will be special tweets and surprises there. Watch out for #FOSBoss! *** “Woke up,… Read More A day in the life of a mathematician