Quotations of the Month
Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land
The Liberty Bell
unto all the Inhabitants Thereof
(from Leviticus 25:10)
They that can give up
Benjamin Franklin, 1755
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
"Those who can't teach, do."
"Those who can't do, preach."
So many errors are buried in “clearly, obviously” or “it is easy to see”. Many years ago my then colleague Juan Schäffer told me, “If it really is easy to see, it is easy to give the reason.”
- —Jonathan Borwein, Generalisations, Examples and Counter-Examples in Analysis and Optimisation, page 10.
'Tis better to have loved and flossed
Than never to have flossed at all.
- —after S.J. Bruskin, July 2014
Past quotations of the month.
Other Places, On and Off Site
- Fraktur (German) letters, printed and handwritten forms, from Sheila MacIntyre and Edith Witte, German-English Mathematical Vocabulary, Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh and London, 1956; second ed. 1966. Higher resolution (2 MB).
- Gian-Carlo Rota (Our Hero!)
Beautifully written biography at the National Academy of Sciences.
- eXtreme Combinatorics: Design theory schedules the XFL season. (February 3, 2001.)
- A Hat Problem: It sounds like a parlor game -- but it's mathematical coding theory. (April 10, 2001.)
- Our professors have their own number.
- The End of a Reign in Graph Theory: W.T. Tutte Dies, May 2, 2002.
- Archimedes did combinatorics 2200 years ago! Read all about it!
- Sphere packing: Solved at last? or, What is a proof, really?
- A statistical analysis of The New Yorker's fiction. (Not combinatorics, but it's an unusual senior thesis!)
- Obituary of Frank Harary, who liked to be called "Mr. Graph Theory".
- A book on probability that sounds like fascinating fun, full of anecdotes and math: CHANCES ARE... Adventures in Probability, by Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan (New York Times review).
- Was Pythagoras really a mathematician at all? Read the controversy in the London Review of Books: "Other Lives", by M.F. Burnyeat.
- The New York Times discovers signed graphs! Actually, it's the math column by Steven Strogatz (Cornell) called "The Enemy of My Enemy".
African Mathematics, Multicultural Math, and Math Education
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