A mathematician watches the World Cup

This summer, I am focused on three things: math, travel (for math and for family), and the World Cup. Not surprisingly, many others are focusing on the World Cup and there are lots of blog posts and articles about World Cup related things. In this post, I wanted to draw attention to all of the math AND World Cup related things that have caught my attention. So here is a list of facts, articles, and blogs, in no particular order.

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Salerno’s Eleven

The SQuaREs team, clockwise from the top: John Voight, Ursula Whitcher, Steven Sperber, and Tyler Kelly.

The SQuaREs team, clockwise from the top: John Voight, Ursula Whitcher, Steven Sperber, and Tyler Kelly.

Collaborating and coauthoring are quite common in math. Most often, however, mathematicians tend to work on their own or with only a few other collaborators. If you check the math arXiv¬†you will notice that most papers have less than four coauthors. For the last year or so I have been working on a research project that, when finished, will have at least six coauthors, which in some ways is very rare. I have recently started calling this my “Ocean’s Eleven” project (and technically, eleven people have been part of the project at one point or another, I counted!), hence the title. Although, to be fair, the masterminds of this project are Ursula Whitcher and Chuck Doran, so it should probably be their eleven… Continue reading

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One thing that you absolutely must do

Last weekend, I went to my fourth commencement at Bates (I missed it last year while I was on my pre-tenure sabbatical). I said farewell to many of my former students, some of whom did not remember me (I guess that happens when you teach many intro-level courses); I heard a great, deep, and though-provoking commencement speech by Isabel Wilkerson; and I got to be a creepy fan around Glenn Close. In this post, I share some of my commencement-related thoughts. Continue reading

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