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Stories by Evelyn Lamb

Lambert on Love and Hate in Geometry

The history of hyperbolic geometry is filled with hyperbolic quotes, and I came across a beautiful one earlier this semester in my math history class.

April 13, 2015 — Evelyn Lamb

The Cantor Function: Angel or Devil?

When you're looking at it, it just stays there, constant and still. But if you turn your back for just an instant at a point in the Cantor set, the function grows impossibly quickly.

March 31, 2015 — Evelyn Lamb

Uber, but for Topological Spaces

So it's cold and rainy, and you're up a little too late trying to figure out why that one pesky assumption is necessary in a theorem. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just order up a space that was path connected but not locally connected?...

February 28, 2015 — Evelyn Lamb

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension (Book Review)

Sometimes you want to learn a “new” multiplication algorithm from a general interest math book, sometimes you want to learn why voting systems are doomed to imperfection, and sometimes you just want to play with numbers, patterns, and pictures...

February 26, 2015 — Evelyn Lamb

Learn to Count like an Egyptian

Last semester, I began my math history class with some Babylonian arithmetic. The mathematics we were doing was easy—multiplying and adding numbers, solving quadratic equations by completing the square—but the base 60 system and the lack of a true zero made those basic operations challenging for my students...

January 26, 2015 — Evelyn Lamb
Mathematics, Live: A Conversation with Amal Fahad and Rasha Osman, Part II

Mathematics, Live: A Conversation with Amal Fahad and Rasha Osman, Part II

I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum in September. Modeled after the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, it brings together recipients of prestigious awards in mathematics and computer science and young researchers in those areas...

January 19, 2015 — Evelyn Lamb

12 Things I Had Way Too Much Fun Writing This Year

It’s the season for family, hot chocolate, and year-in-review lists. Guess which one this is! Roots of Unity has been around for two years now, and I’m so glad I have a place to share some of the weird and wonderful math I think about...

December 31, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

What We Talk about When We Talk about Holes

For Halloween, I wrote about a very scary topic: higher homotopy groups. Homotopy is an idea in topology, the field of math concerned with properties of shapes that stay the same no matter how you squish or stretch them, as long as you don’t tear them or glue things together...

December 25, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb
Online Game Crowd-Sources Theorems

Online Game Crowd-Sources Theorems

Now is your chance to prove some theorems without knowing what they mean! Chris Staecker, a mathematician at Fairfield University, created the game Nice Neighbors to get crowd-sourced solutions to problems from a field called digital topology...

December 23, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

Your Telephone Is Lying to You About Sounds

Telephones lie about sounds because odd numbers aren't even. Once again with those integers and sound perception! Telephones can only pick up frequencies above 300 or 400 Hertz (cycles per second, also called Hz), but most adults’ speaking voices are lower than 300 Hz (approximately the D above middle C)...

December 9, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis