## How Should We Write about Statistics in Public?

A member of the order Lepidoptera enjoys my favorite green space in Chicago, Garfield Park Conservatory. There's a 50 percent chance that this is a below-average lepidopteran.

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A member of the order Lepidoptera enjoys my favorite green space in Chicago, Garfield Park Conservatory. There's a 50 percent chance that this is a below-average lepidopteran.

January 27, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

Swirling Symmetry, mathematically-inspired art by Sandra DeLozier Coleman, who also writes mathematical poetry. This piece appeared in the 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings art gallery...

January 15, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

Mathematicians attempting to untangle a human knot at a knot "flash mob" on January 11, 2013 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Image: American Mathematical Society Anyone with necklaces or lace-up shoes has some first-hand experience with knots, but believe it or not (knot?), there is an entire mathematical discipline dedicated to studying knots and some closely related concepts...

January 12, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

A ladybug with a perfect number of spots. Image: Lauren Tucker Photography, via flickr. The launch of Roots of Unity was just in time for this year's Joint Mathematics Meetings, a mathapalooza put on by the two largest professional mathematical societies (the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America)...

January 10, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

This is what I look like standing on a tilted post near Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York. Welcome to Roots of Unity! I'm Evelyn Lamb, and I am a mathematician...

January 7, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

India, home of the number zero, ends a yearlong math party in unique fashion

December 22, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

Although large-scale food production carries some risks that can be minimized via hygiene and heat treatment, manufacturers have to take additional steps to assure consumer safety

December 19, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

Brubeck's music doesn't swing the way jazz "should," but it combines novelty and familiarity in a way that stimulates the brain

December 11, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) college football rankings are in turmoil. For two weeks in a row, the top-ranked team has been upset by an underdog from central Texas.

November 22, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

James Abram Garfield was born on this day, November 19, in 1831. Had an unstable, delusional stalker's bullets and nineteenth-century medical "care" not cut short his life just six months into his presidency, he would be 181 today (more on that later)...

November 19, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

Air bags for cyclists, paper without trees, robot lifeguards, and more

November 14, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

Articles, studies and U.S. Census data focusing on wealth inequality rely on the Gini coefficient. How is it calculated, and what does it tell us?

November 12, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

The moustache was a controversial facial adornment in the early days of *Scientific American*, but the magazine contained some spectacular specimens nonetheless

November 7, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

I was at a math conference last week, and one of the other attendees brought a puzzle.I am a pretty slow puzzle-solver, so it will be a while before I figure out how to assemble those five pieces to get this...

October 31, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

October 21 is the anniversary of Martin Gardner's birth. Gardner (1914-2010) is a legend in recreational (and professional) mathematics circles. Although he had little mathematical training, his 1956-1981 Scientific American column "Mathematical Games" has had a huge impact on the way people view math...

October 19, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

A Wikipedia edit-a-thon seems like a fitting tribute to the woman many consider to be the first computer programmer. October 16 is Ada Lovelace Day, an annual observation designed to raise awareness of the contributions of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines...

October 11, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

Mathematician Maria Chudnovsky and stringed instrument bow-maker Benoît Rolland are among the most recent grant recipients

October 5, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

October 1, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

For decades, scientists have been trying to solve a tough question: if the Internet runs out of cat pictures, can we generate more using advanced mathematics?* A paper posted on the arxiv earlier this month by mathematicians Kathryn Lindsey and the late William Thurston calms fears about "peak cat." In the paper, they describe a method of approximating the outline of a cat or other object using the Julia sets of polynomials.What’s a Julia set?...

September 26, 2012 — Evelyn Lamb

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