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
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Ed Frenkel on an outdated curriculum, by Mike Breen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
