The Music of Jupiter As many of you know, I am testing out some creative writing on Wattpad as another outlet for my creative energies in parallel to my mathematical research and blogging. I’ve posted two short stories there are already: ST. SAM AND THE GENDER MACHINES and THE LIGHTS. For those of you who… Read More My new short story on Wattpad
Vietnam and mathematics education I’m in Vietnam on holidays and enjoying the beautiful scenery and delicious food. I’ve been to Thailand, Cambodia, and China, and I would say Vietnam possesses elements of all these cultures, and of course, has its own unique identity forged over millennia of civilization. The pervasive traffic reminds me of India. By western standards, Vietnam… Read More PISA leans toward Vietnam
The year that was 2016 was a wild, tumultuous year for many of us, and there no exception with the blog. I’ve had close to 40,000 views this year, which is up considerably from 2015 with its 2,500 views. Yes, there are much bigger blogs, but I’m thrilled with the response. For my final blog of 2016,… Read More Looking back at 2016
Non-existence theorem There is no statue of Emmy Noether. Yes, she’s had a Google doodle. Yes, there is a bust of her in the Hall of Fame in Munich. But no statue. To those who don’t know, Noether was one of the most influential of twentieth century mathematicians. She accomplished ground-breaking work in abstract algebra, and had a… Read More Emmy Noether’s statue?
CanaDAM The sixth Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics conference (or CanaDAM) will be held June 12-15, 2017 at my home institution of Ryerson University in Toronto. CanaDAM focuses on the theory and application of discrete mathematics. This includes areas such as graph theory and networks, coding theory, enumeration, combinatorial designs and algorithms, and many others. The meeting… Read More CanaDAM’17 at Ryerson
Paley graphs Paley graphs play a role in my research, and they are an important family of graphs in combinatorics and graph theory. They are examples of quasi-random graphs: explicit, deterministic networks exhibiting properties we typically expect to see asymptotically in random graphs. Consider a prime power p congruent to 1 (mod 4), and let vertices be the elements of… Read More Remembering Raymond Paley
Transitivity The blog today is a result of transitivity: A implies B, and B implies C, so A implies C. (A) I am at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) in Banff for a workshop on random geometric graphs. (B) The director of BIRS is Nassif Ghoussoub, who I recently interviewed. (C) Nassif Ghoussoub recently posted on… Read More Sir Michael Atiyah: hard at work at 86