Monday, December 28, 2015

Why mathematics is exceptional

“Mathematical knowledge is unlike any other knowledge. While our perception of the physical world can always be distorted, our perception of mathematical truths can’t be. They are objective, persistent, necessary truths. A mathematical formula or theorem means the same thing to anyone anywhere – no matter what gender, religion, or skin color; it will mean the same thing to anyone a thousand years from now. And what’s also amazing is that we own all of them. No one can patent a mathematical formula, it’s ours to share. There is nothing in this world that is so deep and exquisite and yet so readily available to all. That such a reservoir of knowledge really exists is nearly unbelievable. It’s too precious to be given away to the “initiated few.” It belongs to all of us.” ― Edward Frenkel (Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality - via

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bridges - 2016 conference

Atentie pentru cei interesati: submission deadlines:
Regular Papers: 1 February 2016 
Workshop Papers: 1 March 2016 
Short Papers: 15 March 2016 
Acceptance Notifications: 30 March 2016 
Final Submissions: 30 April 2016

bridges - mathematics and art

The Bridges Archive: an online repository of every paper ever published in the annual Bridges Conference on art and mathematics.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The attractiveness of primes for experimental mathematics...

'Although the prime numbers are rigidly determined, they somehow feel like experimental data'
Timothy Gowers. Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford Univ. Press, 2002) p.118; as cited in "surprising connections between number theory and physics"