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Carnival of Mathematics #130

Welcome to the 130th monthly Carnival of Mathematics, a roving blog organized by The Aperiodical. The previous edition was hosted by GanitCharcha. This month’s collection includes material appearing on the Web between December 10 and January 9 (with a bit … Continue reading

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The Carnival Is Coming to Town

Bit-player will be hosting the 130th Carnival of Mathematics, the monthly celebration of math(s) writing on the Web organized by The Aperiodical. Submissions are open now through January 9. Please contribute! Anything that might engage or delight the mathematical mind … Continue reading

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Mad Max Economics

Writing in The New York Times, the business columnist Eduardo Porter quotes Paul Ehrlich quoting Kenneth Boulding: “Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” Then Porter, siding … Continue reading

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Ramsey Theory in the Dining Room

Friends were coming for dinner, and we would be eight at the table. When I pulled the wine glasses out of the cupboard, I found quite a miscellaneous array of stemware—an equilibrium distribution reached after many years of occasional additions … Continue reading

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The long run

The other day I went over to Danehy Park in Cambridge, which has a fine 400-meter running track. I did four laps at my usual plodding pace. Here is my path, as recorded by an iPhone app called Runmeter: No, … Continue reading

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