The School of Athens January is a busy time for me with teaching, NSERC reviews, and my research and writing projects. With all that activity in mind, I am posting a short blog this week about Canada’s math institutes, intertwined with a few personal stories about them. Next week I will blog on Babai’s startling… Read More Canada’s mathematical institutes
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
More than numbers Numbers are one way we measure the world. From the negative temperatures on a thermometer, to our bank account balances precise to the nearest cent, or to the number of followers we have on Twitter, we use numbers routinely in our everyday lives. Our early education reflects the importance of numbers, and… Read More Our networked world
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
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!
A quilt of mathematics Our lives can be viewed as quilts, each piece representing a story in a larger narrative. Embedded in the quilt is the story of our educational experience: a great or bad teacher, a positive or negative experience with a subject, an insight or a setback. Mathematics is a part of all of… Read More Wanted: your math stories
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