Sunday, September 28, 2014

Beauty in Math and Art Activate Same Brain Area

Beauty in Math and Art Activate Same Brain Area 
Elegant equations evoke the same activity in mathematicians' brains as gorgeous art or music 
Scientific American, Aug 14, 2014 
By Seth Newman

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Maryam Mirzakhani - first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal - ICM 2014 Seoul

Maryam Mirzakhani - Iranian mathematician, full Professor of Mathematics at Stanford, first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, at The International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 (Seoul, August 13-21)
"for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces" - see presentation and video @

Monday, June 16, 2014

Joint Statistical Meetings Proceedings - not peer-reviewed

"If you give a presentation at JSM, you may submit a corresponding paper to be published in the conference proceedings. Papers are not peer-reviewed in the same manner as for journals, but authors are encouraged to have others examine their paper before submission. The proceedings are published online around November. Authors retain the right to publish their research later in a peer-reviewed journal."
SOURCE: "What Happens at JSM Should Not Stay at JSM / How to get the most out of the Joint Statistical Meetings"  AMSTAT News - May 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Eu si... Antonin Scalia

Pe o scara personal/academica, momentul cel mai interesant al anului care a trecut a survenit atunci cind am fost comparat (la o conferinta, deci in public) cu... Antonin Scalia (!). Intentia nu a fost magulitoare, iar motivul fiind inistenta mea pe cercetarea intreprinsa de profesori, (nici vorba de "publish or perish" la un 4 years college, insa macar "publish involving undergraduates" - pentru un 4 years college ar fi minunat). Insistenta mea a trezit reactii mixte: unii s-au bucurat ("it's about time!"), altii au subliniat ceva in genul "teaching is paramount" (so?... does this exclude engaging students in research?), altii au fost relativ ostili, negind orice rol special acordat publicatiilor cu sau fara studenti co-autori. In sfirsit, ma bucur ca macar aceasta atitudine i-a pus pe ginduri pe unii.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Nature's secrets

"Nature conceals her secrets because she is sublime, not because she is a trickster" 
Albert Einstein, in a letter to Oscar Veblen

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Why the brain sees maths as beauty (BBC News)

Mathematics: Why the brain sees maths as beauty 
By James Gallagher
Health and science reporter, BBC News
12 February 2014
"What makes the theory of relativity so acceptable to physicists in spite of its going against the principle of simplicity is its great mathematical beauty. This is a quality which cannot be defined, any more than beauty in art can be defined, but which people who study mathematics usually have no difficulty in appreciating." (P. A. M. Dirac)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014