Number Theory, the African Queen

Walking to the auditorium at the IMSP, in Dangbo, Benin.

Walking to the auditorium at the IMSP, in Dangbo, Benin.

“Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and number theory is the queen of mathematics.” - Carl Friederich Gauss.

This month, I had the incredible honor of teaching at a summer school on “Algebraic Number Theory and Applications” in Dangbo, Benin.  It was a unique opportunity, in part because I had never taught a course like this before, but also because it gave me a chance to visit West Africa, to work with an amazing group of people, and to make new connections with a great group of African mathematicians. In this post, I will share some of my experiences (and photos!) from the trip.

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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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