Math Digest
On Media Coverage of Math
Edited by Allyn Jackson, AMS
Contributors: Mike Breen (AMS), Claudia Clark (freelance science writer), Lisa DeKeukelaere (2004 AMS Media Fellow), Annette Emerson (AMS), Brie Finegold (University of Arizona), Anna Haensch (2014 AMS Media Fellow), Allyn Jackson (Senior Deputy Editor, Notices of the AMS), and Ben Polletta (Harvard Medical School)
2014 Math Digest
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014

Going All the Way Back with Computing and Art, by Ben Polletta
"The forgotten history of CGI," io9, May 31, 2014

Monte Carlo Isn't Just for Gamblers, by Ben Polletta
"About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths," The Register, 29 May 2014

On soap films, by Anna Haensch
"Soap films with complex shapes shed light on the formation of mathematical singularities (w/ Video)," Phys.org, 27 May 2014

On German research minister Johanna Wanka, by Mike Breen
"Doing the math in Berlin," Science, 23 May 2014

On gerrymandering, by Anna Haensch
"Can math save Illinois from gerrymandering?" Chicago SunTimes, 18 May 2014

On parents' frustration with the Common Core, by Lisa DeKeukeleare
"2+2=What? Parents rail against Common Core math." The Wall Street Journal, 15 May 2014

On Maria Klawe, a "fascinating Angeleno," by Lisa DeKeukeleare
"Maria Klawe: The ForwardThinking President of Harvey Mudd College," LA Weekly, 14 May 2014

On math, art, and video games, by Claudia Clark
"An Iranian developer's entrancing game about his culture and the mathematics of art," Polygon, 12 May 2014

On discovering that seven cylinders can touch, by Claudia Clark
"A tale of touching tubes," Science News, 3 May 2014

Populationlevel cyclic motions is not the name of a dance troupe, by Ben Polletta
"How to win at rockpaperscissors," BBC News, 2 May 2014

On Penrose tile cookware, by Lisa DeKeukeleare
"Impossible Cookware and Other Triumphs of the Penrose Tile," NautilusSymmetry Issue (issue 13), 1 May 2014

On fair division, by Claudia Clark
"Math Shall Set You FreeFrom Envy," NautilusSymmetry Issue (issue 13), 1 May 2014

Lies, Damned Lies, and Quantum Computing, by Ben Polletta
"The Quest for Randomness," American Scientist, MayJune 2014

Is There Anything Ken Ono Can't Do?, by Anna Haensch
"One of Srinivasa Ramanujan’s Neglected Manuscripts Has Helped Solve Longstanding Mathematical Mysteries," Scientific American, May 2014
April 2014

On mathematicians, the NSA, and GCHO, by Allyn Jackson
"Maths spying: The quandary of working for the spooks," New Scientist, 23 April 2014

Is "Mathematician" the best job?, by Annette Emerson
"The Best And Worst Jobs For 2014," Wisconsin Public Radio, 21 April 2014; "The best (and worst) jobs for 2014," by Cindy Perman, CNBC, USA Today, 19 April 2014; and video segment "Lumberjack vs. Mathematician" on CNBC, 21 April 2014

Media take notice of "PseudoMathematics and Financial Charlatanism" article in May Notices of the AMS, by Annette Emerson
"Ban pseudomathematics from investing," Financial Times, April 16, 2014 and "Computer Models Often Use Unsound Math, Researchers Say," Bloomberg News, April 11, 2014

On using math to investigate suspicious lottery wins, by Anna Haensch
"'Math detective' analyzes odds for suspicious lottery wins," Phys.org, 15 April 2014

Mathematicians researching cancer look past the genes, and the cure, by Ben Polletta
"The cancer equation: Mathematically modelling the cure," The Independent, 8 April 2014

Edward Frenkel's appearance on the Colbert Report, by Claudia Clark
"The Colbert Report, an interview with Ed Frenkel, Comedy Central, 7 April 2014

On big data, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data,” New York Times OpEd, 6 April 2014

On Kansas University math professor Bozenna PasikDuncan's activities to communicate the beauty of mathematics, by Claudia Clark
"Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The beauty of math," Lawrence JournalWorld, 5 April 2014

On the spiritual history of calculus, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"The Secret Spiritual History of Calculus," Scientific American, April 2014
March 2014

Celebrating Freeman Dyson on his 90th Birthday, by Ben Polletta
"At 90, Freeman Dyson Ponders His Next Challenge," Quanta Magazine, 31 March 2014

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Extrapolate The Ways, by Anna Haensch
"TEDx: 'The Mathematics of Love'," Binghamton University Pipe Dream, 31 March 2014

A standup mathematician, by Allyn Jackson
"Dream Job: Standup mathematician," New Scientist, 27 March 2014

Math used in the search for the Malaysian Jet, by Allyn Jackson
"How 'groundbreaking' number crunching found path of Flight 370" CNN, 25 March 2014, and "MH370 Malaysia plane: How maths helped find an earlier crash," BBC News Magazine, 22 March 2014

A profile of math writer Dana Mackenzie, by Mike Breen
"Dana Mackenzie, Santa Cruz County Stories: Chess champion balances science writing, hula dancing," Santa Cruz Sentinel, 23 March 2014

On statistician Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight, by Annette Emerson
"Hey Sports Fans, It's Time for Math Class," Time, 17 March 2014

On ways to get more girls into math, by Annette Emerson
"Calculating women: How to get more girls into math," Christian Science Monitor, 14 March 2014

On perceptions of women’s ability in math, by Annette Emerson
"Study: Women Who Can Do Math Still Don’t Get Hired," New York Times, 11 March 2014, and "Can women do math? New study finds both sexes believe men are better  regardless of a person's actual ability," Daily Mail, 11 March 2014

Sloan Fellow Seizes the Surprising Power of Symmetry, by Anna Haensch
"Magic and symmetry in mathematics," news@Northeastern, 11 March 2014

On Tim Chartier's Bracketology, by Mike Breen
"Math whiz unlocks NCAA bracket formula," New York Post, 10 March 2014

To Understand the Stock Market, Start by Learning Physics, by Anna Haensch
"Stock prices fluctuate like particles doing a Brownian motion dance," New Scientist, 5 March 2014

Preserving the Internet in a disaster, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Mathematical Proof Reveals How To Make The Internet More EarthquakeProof," MIT Technology Review, 3 March 2014

Obituary for Lee Lorch, by Allyn Jackson
"Lee Lorch, Desegregation Activist Who Led Stuyvesant Town Effort, Dies at 98," The New York Times, 2 March 2014

Ed Frenkel on an outdated curriculum, by Mike Breen
"How our 1,000yearold math curriculum cheats America's kids," Los Angeles Times, 2 March 2014

On some interesting curves, by Claudia Clark
"Twisted Math and Beautiful Geometry," American Scientist, MarchApril 2014
February 2014

On a proof carried out by a computer that's too big for humans to check, by Allyn Jackson
"Wikipediasize maths proof too big for humans to check,” New Scientist, 17 February 2014

On U.S. President Garfield's mathematical proof, by Annette Emerson
"The time President James Garfield wrote a mathematical proof," io9, 13 February 2014

On mathematicians who see beauty in equations, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Mathematics: Why the brain sees maths as beauty," BBC News, 12 February 2014

On how scientists worked out wave equations, by Claudia Clark
"Sound, light and water waves and how scientists worked out the mathematics," Guardian, 8 February 2014

On 177,147 ways to tie a necktie, by Ben Polletta
"Matrix villain spawns 177,000 ways to knot a tie," New Scientist, 7 February 2014

On mathematical modeling behind an Honorable Mention winner in the 2013 Science Visualization Challenge, by Mike Breen
"Science 2013 Visualization Challenge: The Life Cycle of a Bubble Cluster: Insight from Mathematics, Algorithms, and Supercomputers," Science, 7 February 2014

On media coverage of an equation that requires "a lecture's worth of qualifying assumptions and definitions," by Ben Polletta
"In the End, It All Adds Up to – 1/12," New York Times, 3 February 2014

On mathematical laws behind coincidences and expected events, by Claudia Clark
"Never Say Never," Scientific American, February 2014
January 2014

"Kazakh mathematician may have solved $1 million puzzle," New Scientist, 22 January 2014

How A Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love," Wired.com, 21 January 2014

"The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness," The Guardian, 18 January 2014

"Mathematicians converge on Baltimore to discuss the science and art of numbers," The Baltimore Sun, 15 January 2014

"Tomorrow's catch," Science News, 15 January 2014

"Researchers Reduce the Secret of Lifeor, at Least, of Conflictto a Simple Formula," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 January 2014

"Enabling Optical Analog Computing with Metamaterials," Science, 10 January 2014

Ancient times table hidden in Chinese bamboo strips," Nature, 7 January 2014
