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Stories by Evelyn Lamb

Setting Mathematics in Verse

  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

Knotty Fun at the Joint Math Meetings

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

Where in the World Are the Odd Perfect Numbers?

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

The First Root of Unity

  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

A Presidential Pythagorean Proof

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

Flexagon but Not Forgotten: Celebrating Martin Gardner's Birthday

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
“Wikithon” Honors Ada Lovelace and Other Women in Science

“Wikithon” Honors Ada Lovelace and Other Women in Science

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

Fractal Kitties Illustrate the Endless Possibilities for Julia Sets

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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