Tag Archives: Cultural Math

Why do Hipsters look alike?

It was a hot day as I stepped into the air conditioned mall. It is 1995 or maybe 1996; my mall has slightly opaque sky lights so you could still see the bright midsummer sunlight outside. I would have preferred darkness. I … Continue reading

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Requirements: “Genius”

Particularly in mathematics, the cult of genius is pervasive. Either you’ve got it or you don’t. Mathematics, the cultural norm dictates, is about innate talent. Just consider the Fields Medal: the “Nobel prize of mathematics” which can only be given to mathematicians … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.  – Shakespeare A name is just a name. We, as mathematicians, are happy to define something to be whatever you want it … Continue reading

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