AMS News http://www.ams.org AMS News - RSS Feed Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST en-us Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Champ on TV http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4012 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4012 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/wwtbam-jmm2018-catherine-samuel-ken.jpg"><img alt="Catherine Roberts, Samuel Goodman, and Kenneth Ribet" src="/images/thumbs/wwtbam-jmm2018-catherine-samuel-ken.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:67px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>Samuel Goodman</strong>, an eighth grader who won the recent 2018 <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship</em>, <a href="http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/37289155/local-8th-grader-wins-international-math-competition">appeared on KVVU-TV</a> on Jan. 17 talking about his math abilities and the final problem in the competition. (Photo of AMS Executive Director Catherine Roberts, Samuel Goodman, and AMS President Kenneth Ribet by Kate Awtrey, Atlanta Convention Photography.)</p> 2018 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4011 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4011 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST <p><em>Providence: RI:</em> The 2018 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards were made at the Joint Mathematics Meetings last week &quot;for aesthetically pleasing works that combine mathematics and art.&quot; The three chosen works were selected from the exhibition of juried works in various media by over 80 mathematicians and artists from around the world.</p> <p><strong><a href="/images/jmm18-mathartaward-farris-gooseberryspiral.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/jmm18-mathartaward-farris-gooseberryspiral.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a>&quot;A Gooseberry/Fibonacci Spiral,&rdquo; by Frank A Farris was awarded Best photograph, painting, or print.</strong> &quot;The basic technique uses photographs in domain colorings of complex-valued functions that are invariant under various group actions. A twist on John Edmark&#39;s spirals, this pattern winds a walllpaper pattern of type p31m around the plane with the complex exponential map to create a Fibonacci spiral. The mathematical underpinnings involve a Fibonacci-like sequence of Eisenstein integers, which then determine a lattice of frequency vectors for wallpaper waves that will land correctly in the winding. The pattern is selected by &quot;tuning&quot; the waves: adjusting frequencies and amplitudes to find a beautiful pattern. The Western (or Sierra) Gooseberry tastes about like the eastern one, which is translucent and green, but ripens to a deep red and is covered in thorns, which make it quite inconvenient to pick. The delicious jelly is a longtime family tradition.&quot; This 2017 digital print on aluminum measures 51 x 51 cm.</p> <p><strong><a href="/images/jmm18-mathartaward-honda-dodecahedral.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/jmm18-mathartaward-honda-dodecahedral.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:96px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a>&quot;Dodecahedral 11-Hole Torus,&quot; by David Honda was awarded Best textile, sculpture, or other medium.</strong> &quot;I&#39;m primarily a middle school mathematics teacher with one of my hobbies being Origami and other paper crafts. Some years back I came across the work of Heinz Strobl which uses joined, folded strips of paper to create various structures. Much like unit origami, the structures are held together solely by the folds, no adhesives. The inspiration for this particular piece was to create a model with an internal structure. One of the challenges with my work is that as my pieces have gotten larger, the issue of weight vs. support has become an issue. I wanted to see if I could build something that was mathematically and visually pleasing, but also structurally sound. The overall shape is based upon a dodecahedron. At the center of each face of the dodecahedron, the surface sinks inward like a funnel. Each of the 12 funnels joins at the center with another, smaller dodecahedron-based structure. Topologically speaking, the piece can also be considered an 11-holed torus.&quot; This 2016 work is made of cardstock paper and measures 34 x 37 x 37 cm.</p> <p><strong><a href="/images/jmm18-matharthonorable-lukasheva-excentrica.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/jmm18-matharthonorable-lukasheva-excentrica.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:99px" /></a>&quot;Excentrica&quot; by Ekaterina Lukasheva received Honorable Mention.</strong> Lukasheva, Ph.D., is a contemporary origami artist and author of three origami books. Her mathematical background helps her to pursue the limits of possibility in folding paper. &quot;Origami tessellations are complex geometrical 3-d structures. These surfaces are made using origami technique, which means only one sheet of paper is folded without stretching, cutting or gluing. These 3-d structures are indeed developable surfaces. This also means that those pieces represent the result of continuous isometric mapping of the flat surface to a 3-dimensional surface. It&#39;s hard to believe, but they can be stretched back to a flat sheet at any time. Moreover the collapse/stretch process would be smooth. This origami tessellation has an interesting property referred to as &#39;iso-area&#39; in origami world. This means that the back (invisible in frame) side of the tessellation is the same as mirrored and rotated front view of the tessellation.&quot; The 2017 work is made of paper with spray paint and measures 52 x 52 x 5 cm.</p> <p>The Mathematical Art Exhibition Award &quot;for aesthetically pleasing works that combine mathematics and art&quot; was established in 2008 through an endowment provided to the American Mathematical Society by an anonymous donor who wishes to acknowledge those whose works demonstrate the beauty and elegance of mathematics expressed in a visual art form. The awards are \$400 for Best photograph, painting, or print; \$400 for Best textile, sculpture, or other medium; and $200 for Honorable Mention. The Mathematical Art Exhibition of juried works in various media is held at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Works in the 2018 exhibition will be in an album on <a href="/mathimagery/">AMS Mathematical Imagery</a>.</p> <p>[% ams_include('pao-contact') %]</p> <p>* * * * *</p> <p><em>Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, the American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.</em></p> An interview with Steven Strogatz http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4007 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4007 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/steven-strogatz-interview-on-math-education-2016-6">&quot;An Ivy League professor explains chaos theory, the prisoner&#39;s dilemma, and why math isn&#39;t really boring,&quot;</a> by Elena Holodny, <em>Business Insider</em>, January 4, 2018</p> The Mathematics of Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4008 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4008 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST <p>Watch the latest episode of <em>PBS Infinite Series</em> on encryption.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="150" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ESPT_36pUFc?rel=0" width="250"></iframe></div> Eighth Grader Wins Who Wants to Be a Mathematician http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4009 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4009 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/wwtbam-jmm2018-catherine-samuel-ken.jpg"><img alt="Catherine Roberts, Samuel Goodman, and Kenneth Ribet" src="/images/thumbs/wwtbam-jmm2018-catherine-samuel-ken.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:67px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>Samuel Goodman</strong>, an eighth grader at Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas, won the 2018 <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> Championship on January 13 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego. Samuel is the youngest winner ever and took home \$5,000 for himself and \$5,000 for the Hyde Park Middle School math department. (Photo of AMS Executive Director Catherine Roberts, Samuel Goodman, and AMS President Kenneth Ribet by Kate Awtrey, Atlanta Convention Photography.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p><a href="/images/wwtbam-jmm2018-mcn-sam-ken-robt.jpg"><img alt="Congressman McNerney, Samuel, Ken Ribet, and Robert Bryant" src="/images/thumbs/wwtbam-jmm2018-mcn-sam-ken-robt.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:74px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>The 2018 runner-up was <strong>Brian Liu</strong>, High Technology High School (NJ), who won $3,000 for himself and $3,000 for his school&#39;s math department. Twelve contestants from the US, Canada, and the UK competed in the competition in San Diego. <a href="/programs/students/wwtbam/contestants-2018">Find out more about this year&#39;s contestants</a>. Qualifying for next year&#39;s competition, which will take place at the 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, begins in September. Email the AMS Public Awareness Office (paoffice at ams dot org) for more information. (Photo of Congressman Jerry McNerney D-CA; Samuel Goodman; Kenneth Ribet; and AMS Past President Robert Bryant by Kate Awtrey, Atlanta Convention Photography.)</p> San Diego student competes in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4006 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4006 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST <p>Contestant <strong>Anlin Zhang</strong> is the focus of a report on <em>KUSI News</em>.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="150" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kdvepThk8oM" width="250"></iframe></div> The harmonic series explained http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4003 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=4003 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST <p>&quot;<a href="http://chalkdustmagazine.com/blog/mathematical-con-artist">The mathematical con artist,&quot; </a>by&nbsp;Michael Kielstra, <em>Chalkdust</em>,&nbsp;January 11, 2018.</p> Middle schooler to compete in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3913 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3913 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST <p><strong>Andrew Lee,</strong> an eighth grader who loves competitions, will be <a href="http://www.telegram.com/news/20171227/melican-middle-schools-andrew-lee-to-compete-at-prestigious-math-competition-next-month-in-san-diego">a contestant in the championship</a> <em>Who Wants to Be a Mathematician</em> game coming up in San Diego, CA on January 13.</p> On a 15-year-old math whiz from California, by Claudia Clark http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3911 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3911 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST <p>In this article, Nanette Asimov writes about <strong>Ajay Kumar Raja</strong>, currently the youngest student at UC Berkeley. At just 15 years old, Ajay, who is studying category theory, had the credits to enter Berkeley as a junior this year due to coursework he had done in the previous year as a part-time student at Berkeley while attending a community college, but he choose to enter as a freshman. &quot;I would like to take that extra time to do research and make connections with math professors,&quot; Ajay explains. <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK -->Ajay&#39;s mother, Suji Rajagopal, describes her son&#39;s early love of &quot;solving puzzles--crosswords, codes and ciphers.&quot; After a dismal 3-week stint in kindergarten, Ajay&#39;s parents decided to homeschool him, which included &quot;checking out books from the library, solving and inventing math puzzles with him, experimenting with dry ice,&quot; and enrolling him in community center dance classes. He joined Math Circles in San Jose and Berkeley, and studied Euclidean geometry at the age of 9 with an online tutor. At the same time, this prodigy has many non-mathematical interests and accomplishments that include playing jazz piano, doing comedy improv theatre, volunteering at a local library, studying Dante&#39;s &quot;Inferno,&quot; reading James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges, writing fiction, and taking zumba classes.</p> <p>See <a href="https://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/Life-adding-up-for-Cal-s-15-year-old-math-whiz-12458319.php">&quot;Life adding up for Cal&#39;s 15-year-old math whiz,&quot;</a> by Nanette Asimov, <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>, December 28, 2017.</p> <p><em>--- Claudia Clark</em></p> Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship Webcast http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3907 http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3907 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/wwtbam-logo-150.jpg"><img alt="WWTBAM logo" src="/images/thumbs/wwtbam-logo-150.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:47px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a>See the <a href="https://livestream.com/psav/wwtbam2018">2018 championship online live</a> on Jan. 13 (assuming you won&#39;t be in San Diego, in which case you can see it in person at the Joint Mathematics Meetings).</p>