Friday, July 30, 2010

Structure and Randomness in the Prime Numbers (Terence Tao)

Terence Tao: Structure and Randomness in the Prime Numbers, UCLA
Slides: pdf, powerpoint

Lecture for a general audience: Terence Tao is UCLA's Collins Professor of Mathematics, and the first UCLA professor to win the prestigious Fields Medal.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Johann Bernoulli (1667 - 1748) anniversary

Johann Bernoulli (1667 - 1748) was born on July 27, 7^3 years ago, in Basel, Switzerland. He was Euler's "mathematical parent".

And here is the... "sophomore's dream" - neat identities due to Johann Bernoulli (1697):

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A traffic flow simulation

This traffic flow educational project with Matlab features a gradually increasing car density starting from an initial value of 0.2. There are 250 cells. The update rule (describing the transition from time t to time t + 1): apply rule 184, after which randomly select a position - if occupied, nothing happens, while if empty, introduce a car at the selected place with probability 0.7. The image follows the first 500 time units. Notice the transition to a congested regime happening at some point (emerging shock waves). In the picture, free cells are blue, while cells occupied by "cars" are red.