# Category Archives: mathematics

## A quasirandom talk

I’ll be giving a talk at Harvard this Friday, February 6: “Orderly Randomness: Quasirandom Numbers and Quasiâ€“Monte Carlo.” If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by. Lunch at 12:30; quasirandomness at 1:00 pm. Update 2015-02-08: Slides online. And video.

## 600613

Pick a number, N, then try searching for it on the web via Bing or Google (or maybe the leet version of Google). What can you expect to learn? I wasn’t quite sure of the answer, so I ran some … Continue reading

## Four Fifths = A Fifth

Browsing in the library stacks the other day, I came upon this passage in a 1970 paper discussing the uses of computers in mathematics: Notice anything fishy about that equation? On the right side of the equal sign we have … Continue reading

## The pi man

Some weeks ago a reader sent me a note about an old article of mine, written back in 1989. The PDF, he reported, was missing a page. So I went scrounging through some untidy heaps of papers, found a copy, … Continue reading

## Notes from the JMM

The annual Joint Mathematics Meetings are one of those vast smörgåsbord meals where you can’t possibly eat everything. I managed to sample 1 percent of the menu this year. By my count, the four days of meetings included 2,743 scheduled … Continue reading