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What do Mathematicians do?

After I heard someone ask about what a mathematician does, I myself wonder what it means to do mathematics if all what one can answer is that mathematicians do mathematics. Solving problems have been considered by some as the main activity of a mathematician, which might then be the answer to the question. But, could reading and writing about mathematics...

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The AMS Graduate Student Blog was named in the list of Top 30 Grad School Blogs of 2012 by The Best Master’s Degrees. Without the support of our readers, we would not be able to achieve such accomplishments. Thanks so much to all of you! -AMS Graduate Student Blog Editorial Board

The Not-So-Strange Case of Dr. Gowers and Mr. Hyde

Last year at this time, Timothy Gowers famously used his blog to voice discontent towards the publishing practices of Elsevier. Two posts in recent days provide a glimpse into the work he’s contributed towards correcting the issues he recorded. This work is not without criticism, which he addresses in the first post: Why I’ve joined the bad guys. This...

Museum of Mathematics: Info from Chief of Operations

The Museum of Mathematics (MO Math) is set to open its doors to the public on December 15, 2012. Located in Manhattan, MO Math is the only museum devoted to mathematics in North America. Targeting 4th-8th graders, the two story space will contain 45 interactive math exhibits. According to Newsday’s Beth Whitehouse, Exhibits include such hands-on displays...

Return of Prof. Strogatz’s Column in the New York Times

Two years ago, Professor Steven Strogatz wrote a series of articles for the New York Times titled The Elements of Math. In the first installation he covered topics such as infinity, calculus and group theory. The Professor is back with three new articles this month under the headline Me, Myself and Math. Enjoy!

Technology and Mathematics

Not too long ago, while in line for a coffee, the customer in front of me remarked that many people nowadays are so distracted by all these technological gadgets. Apparently, he was looking at a passerby in the street outside who almost got hit by a car because he was texting while crossing an intersection. Guessing that he wanted someone to say something,...

On the purpose of doing mathematics

by Kareem Carr It’s been a while since William Thurston wrote “On Proof and Progress in Mathematics”.  However, in this answer posted on MathOverflow, he clearly still articulates, better than I ever could, what I find valuable about mathematics: It’s not mathematics that you need to contribute to. It’s deeper than that: how might you contribute...

Yet Another Stack Overflow Type Website

By Kareem Carr I was quite surprised to find yet another Stack Overflow type website. This time, the site is about machine learning. Although, not pure mathematics, I felt a few readers would be interested. I am now aware of so many Stack-Overflow-like sites that it would be difficult for me to keep abreast of them all. At the moment, I have RSS feeds...

MathOverflow and Beyond

By Kareem Carr For those who may not be aware, Stack Overflow is the popular question-and-answer site where people can ask and answer programming related questions. It works on a points system.  Points are awarded for both asking and answering questions, with different abilities to manipulate the site being given to people with a certain number of...

Finding Mr. or Ms. Right: The Search for the Perfect Advisor

by Angelean Hendrix One of the most important decisions of your graduate career will be the advisor you choose to work with.  As a graduate student who has the BEST advisor ever and has seen many of her colleagues struggle with incompatible mentors, here are my Top 7 1/2 Guidelines for choosing an advisor ( I know Top 10 lists are traditional, but I...

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