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Stories by Evelyn Lamb

The Math Geek Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a gift that says, "Hey, I know you like math"? Look no further. There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to wonderful mathematical things to give to people, but here are some of the coolest items I've seen this year...

November 23, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

Beyond Emmy and Sophie: Resources for Learning about Women in Math

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. If you’d like to read about women in math for the occasion, you're in serious danger of coming across an article about Hypatia, Emmy Noether, Sophie Germain, or Sofia Kovalevskaya...

October 14, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

Build Your Own Fractal with MegaMenger!

Later this month, people will be gathering at museums and schools around the world to build giant Menger sponges as part of a global fractal extravaganza called MegaMenger.

October 9, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

Another Reason to Love the Number Seven

The world's favorite number is seven, at least if the result of a poll conducted by Alex Bellos is to be believed. Some people like it because it is prime, some because they have a lot of sevens in their birthdates...

September 29, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

A Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs

Believe it or not, I do have friends who would describe themselves as not liking math, and every so often one of them will share this meme on Facebook: And then Satan said, "Put the alphabet in math." There are different background pictures each time the meme pops up, but the text is always the [...]..

September 24, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

In Praise of Proofs by Contradiction that Aren't

If you don't know what to do, do something. That's one of my mottos when I teach math (and it's probably good life advice too). Last year, I taught introductory analysis (basically calculus with the juicy bits left in), one of the first proof-oriented classes students take...

August 28, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

What Is the Goal of a Math History Class?

I'll be teaching a math history class for the first time this semester. I'm excited to be teaching it, but I've noticed that preparing for this class has been very different from preparing for other classes I've taught, which have all been math content courses...

August 22, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

Math Twitter Bots, Reviewed and Rated

In the course of being a math person on Twitter, I have run across some math-related Twitter bots and feeds. It would just be mean to grade my human tweeps, but I have no qualms about rating the bots!...

July 28, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

Really Big Numbers (Book Review)

"Now and then we pluck numbers from the blur...numbers which have no names except the ones we might now give them...souvenirs from alien, unknowable worlds." -Really Big Numbers by Richard Evan Schwartz Really Big Numbers by Richard Schwartz, a mathematician at Brown University, is the first children’s book published by the American Mathematical Society...

June 30, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis