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
Izabella Laba is a leading mathematician working at the University of British Columbia. Her research spans several fields such as harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory, mathematical physics, and the relatively new (but fast-breaking) area of additive combinatorics. She is highly awarded, having won the prestigious Coxeter-James and Krieger-Nelson Prizes of the Canadian Mathematical Society. In 2012, she became a fellow… Read More Interview with a mathematician: Izabella Laba
Sisterhood of Mathematics My grade 11 Physics teacher was a nun. Thinking back, she reminded me of the famed mathematician Emmy Noether: she was big framed, wore simple clothes (no habit in class, however), and didn’t wear make-up. I think my classmates were frightened of her, but I wasn’t and she liked me. Maybe we were kindred spirits: my passion for… Read More Get thee to a nunnery… and study math
You did it! You’ve arrived at an important milestone in your academic life: your first job interview for a tenure-track position. As you prepare, you may be fine tuning your research talk, or prepping your responses to potential questions about teaching large vs small classes. What strategies can make you shine brighter than the rest? How can you differentiate yourself from the… Read More You landed an academic job interview. Now what?
The language of mathematics People use the word “math” in a variety of ways in popular culture. They say things like: “delegate math,” “the math doesn’t add up”, or my personal favorite: “do the math.” But what do people really know about the subject? It is OK to be honest. There is no shame in not knowing… Read More Mathspeak 101
Disruption! I am an academic, and as you would expect, I love to read. I mainly read papers in academic journals and advanced texts in mathematics. I can’t remember the last time I was in a physical library. Actually, I walk through the library as a short cut across Ryerson University campus. However, I do heavily use the… Read More Publishing is dead, long live publishing
The Math Myth Andrew Hacker, a political scientist and professor emeritus, says in his book The Math Myth that we shouldn’t teach algebra in the high school mathematics courses. One reason for this is that high school drop outs cite their difficulty with mathematics as a major reason for their decision to leave. Hacker says mathematics is a ten foot… Read More Why teach algebra in high school?