Interview with a mathematician: Jordan Ellenberg

CanaDAM’17 is underway at Ryerson, and tonight, Jordan Ellenberg is giving the Public Lecture on the cap set conjecture. I’m reposting my interview with him in honor of that occasion. Enjoy! *** Jordan Ellenberg is the John D. MacArthur and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He works in… Read More Interview with a mathematician: Jordan Ellenberg

Vote Villani!

Who is Cédric Villani? Cédric Villani is many things: a rock star mathematician, a Fields medalist, and a bestselling author. He is also running as a member of the party La République En Marche! for the National Assembly in France. With shoulder length hair, cravat, and spider brooch, Villani does not look like your typical mathematician. He is certainly not… Read More Vote Villani!

Interview with a mathematician: Barry Mazur

Barry Mazur is the Gerhard Gade University Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University.  Barry is one the world’s leading experts on number theory, and his work focuses on Diophantine geometry and elliptic curves. His research in topology is also legendary, and he settled the generalized Schoenflies problem as a doctoral student. He is highly awarded,… Read More Interview with a mathematician: Barry Mazur

Modelling networks of enemies and friends

Common adversaries In recent news, Canada and Mexico decided to coordinate on trade given the uncertainty faced by the US position on NAFTA. In another news story, an infectious disease physician used a virus to fight back an anti-biotic resistant superbug that was killing her husband. We hear of similar stories of unexpected alliances often. In a slogan: enemies of… Read More Modelling networks of enemies and friends