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Math Digest
Summaries of Media Coverage of Math
Edited by Allyn Jackson, AMS
Contributors: Mike Breen (AMS), Claudia Clark (freelance science writer), Lisa DeKeukelaere (2004 AMS Media Fellow), Annette Emerson (AMS), Brie Finegold (University of Arizona), Baldur Hedinsson (2009 AMS Media Fellow), and Ben Polletta (Harvard Medical School)
2013 Math Digest
December 2013

"Shakuntala Devi," The New York Times Magazine, 21 December 2013

"How History Shaped the Global Mathematician," Live Science, 21 December 2013.

Articles on new Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

"Can American students get smart?," Los Angeles Times, 11 December 2013

"500 LightstickToting Maths Enthusiasts 'Pythagorized' NYC's Iconic Flatiron Building In Epic Fashion," Business Insider: Australia," 7 December 2013

"BROWN: Mathematics can be part of everyday life," The ChronicleHerald, 6 December 2013

"Dispute over Infinity Divides Mathematicians," Scientific American, 3 December 2013

Shooting log(fish) in a barrel," The Age, 2 December 2013

"How Mother Nature forms her patterns," The Arizona Daily Star, 1 December 2013
November 2013

"Russell's Paradox: Here's Why Math Can't Have A Set Of Everything," Houston Chronicle, 25 November 2013

"Together and Alone, Closing the Prime Gap," Quanta Magazine, 19 November 2013

"Advanced Mathematics With Legos in a Washing Machine," Popular Science, 11 November 2013

"Whose Brain Is It Anyway?" Science, 8 November 2013

"U.S. Math, Reading Achievement Edges Up, But Gaps Remain," Education Week, 7 November 2013

"Why do scientists swear by Mathematics?" Daily News and Analysis, 2 November 2013

"Sharing Math's Appeal With FirstGeneration Students," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 November 2013

"French Mathematician Tapped to Head Key Funding Agency," Science, 1 November 2013
"Newsmakers: Three Qs," Science, 20 December 2013

"New Dilemmas for the Prisoner," American Scientist, NovemberDecember 2013
October

"Root of maths genius sought," Nature, 29 October 2013

"The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'," The Atlantic, 28 October 2013

"Penn State star tackles math with ease," The Inquirer (Philadelphia), 21 October 2013

"Math cents: Professor and student use pennies to illustrate math concepts," Burlington Free Press, 19 October 2013

"To Fix Wikipedia’s Gender Imbalance: A Big Editing Party?," The Atlantic, 10 Oct 2013, and "Wiki 'EditaThon' at Brown U. Will Add Entries for Women in Science," Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 October 2013

"The mathematician's defense of Bitcoin: It's just another option," PBS News Hour, 9 October 2013

"The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math," The Atlantic, 9 October 2013

"Researchers split over NSA hacking," Nature, 8 October 2013

"U.S. adults lag behind counterparts overseas in skills," USA Today, 8 October 2013

"Le baron Haussmann et les systèmes complexes (Baron Haussmann and complex systems)," Le Monde, 7 October 2013

"Abraham Nemeth, Creator of a Braille Code for Math, Is Dead at 94," New York Times, 6 October 2013

"'Elementary' CBS episode 'Solve For X' reveals complex math with murder," The Examiner, 4 October 2013

"Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?," New York Times, 3 October 2013

"Rethinking particle dynamics," Nature, 3 October 2013
September

"The Twin Prime Hero," Nautilus (Issue 005, Fame), 26 September 2013
"Math world stunned by UNH lecturer's find," New Hampshire Union Leader, 14 December 2013

"Still a beautiful mindand an inspiring West Virginian," West Virginia Public Broadcasting, 23 September 2013

"The Simpsons' secret formula: it's written by maths geeks," The Observer, 21 September 2013
"Why mathematicians make great comedy writers," Chortle, 29 September 2013

"Alan Turing’s story could be rebooted by calls to pardon late computer legend," The Washington Post, 19 September 2013

"Spooked," Nature, 19 September 2013
"Researchers split over NSA hacking," Nature, 10 October 2013

"The MathSupercomputing Connection," HPCWire, 17 September 2013

"How to Fall in Love With Math," The New York Times, 16 September 2013

"UW prof helps solve 40yearold math problem," The Record (Waterloo, Ontario), 16 September 2013

"The mathematics of murder," Nature, 12 September 2013

"How Math's Most Famous Prize Affects The Productivity Of The Geniuses Who Win It," Business Insider, 10 September 2013

""Why Do I Panic When It Comes to Math?" Parade, 8 September 2013

"Ratio for a good life exposed as 'nonsense'," Science News, 7 September 2013

"Ideas for Improving Science Education," The New York Times, 2 September 2013
August

"Comment: Value judgements," Nature, 29 August 2013

"Davidson prof uses mime to explain complex math, science concepts to students–and adults," Charlotte Observer, 25 August 2013

"Edward Frenkel and a Love for Math," The Wall Street Journal, 24 August 2013

"Should Math Really Be a Required Subject, " Popular Science, 19 August 2013

"Danica McKellar poses $1 million math challenge," Today Show, 15 August 2013

"Mathematical Impressions: Making Music with a Möbius Strip," Scientific American, 14 August 2013

"Cowboys are Hoping Practice + math = Playoffs," The Wall Street Journal, 12 August 2013

"The birthday problem: what are the odds of sharing bdays?," The Conversation, 12 August 2013

"Central Texas professor brings expertise to Shark Week," KEYETV, 7 August 2013

"One shape to rule them all!," The Age, 5 August 2013

"What Would You Ask? A Dozen Fantasy Questions for the New SAT."The New York Times, 2 August 2013
July

"Jerome Karle (1918–2013), Nature, 25 July 2013

"Summer School for Math," The New York Times, 2 July 2013

"How algorithms rule the world," The Guardian, 1 July 2013

"Ode to Prime Numbers," American Scientist, JulyAugust 2013

"Walls of Water," Scientific American, July 2013
June

"Heavy metal or blue jeans? No, just maths," The Irish Times, 27 June 2013

"Mathematicians think like machines for perfect proofs," New Scientist, 25 June 2013

"Mathematics: 1,000 Years Old, and Still Hot," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 June 2013

"Solve This Math Problem, Win a Million Bucks," Time, 11 June 2013

"The Grueling Application Process To Land A Job At The NSAThe Largest Employer Of Mathematicians In The USA," Business Insider, 10 June 2013

"Keys: Locking stuff up is easyunlocking is the key," The New York Times Magazine, 9 June 2013

"ISU professors find missing page from Lincoln’s 'ciphering book'," The Pantagraph, 8 June 2013

"Bayes' Theorem in the 21st Century," Science, 7 June 2013

"Stanford student gaining cult status for rethinking NBA philosophy," Contra Costa Times, 3 June 2013
May

"Abel Prize winner: 'Math is beautiful'," Views and News from Norway, 21 May 2013

"One of the most abstract fields in math finds application in the 'real' world," Science News, 20 May 2013

"Dev Patel to play mathematics genius Ramanujan," Business Standard, 17 May 2013

"Don’t bristle at blunders," Nature, 16 May 2013

"Electrical Stimulation Might Improve The Brain's Capacity For Math," Forbes, May 16, 2013

"First proof that infinitely many prime numbers come in pairs," Nature, 14 May 2013

"13 Things That You Can Do To Make Your Child A Genius At Math," Business Insider, 14 May 2013

"The Mathematics of Juggling [Video]," Scientific American, 13 May 2013

"It was a cogito ergo sum kind of day at youth math festival," San Jose Mercury News, 11 May 2013

"A Fresh Start for Foam Physics," Science, 10 May 2013

"The Geometry of Harmony," VolumeOne, 8 May 2013

"Medical Math: Mathematicians doing cancer research," Florida Trend, 6 May 2013

"Crinkly Curves," American Scientist, MayJune 2013

"Life in the City Is Essentially One Giant Math Problem," Smithsonian, May 2013
April

Blog on mathematical sculptures and announcing a new AMS blog

"Kenneth I. Appel, Mathematician Who Harnessed Computer Power, Dies at 80," The New York Times, 29 April 2013
"Kenneth Appel, mathematician who solved fourcolor map problem, dies at 80," The Washington Post, 30 April 2013

"What's the Mathematically Optimum Jury Size? Is it 12, Six, or One?" Slate, 25 April 2013

"Here's How Little Math Americans Actually Use at Work," The Atlantic, 24 April 2013

"Obama vs. Bieber: French Geeks Compute Who's Bigger on Twitter," Bloomberg, 18 April 2013

"Pascal’s shell game," The Age, 15 April 2013

"Want to Fight Disease? Do Your Math Homework," WUWM, 12 April 2013

"Students honored for research," Science News, 6 April 2013

"Great Scientist ≠ Good at Math," The Wall Street Journal, 5 April 2013

"Solid or Liquid? Physicists Redefine States of Matter," Wired, 5 April 2013

"Applicants’ weak math skills sum up problem for those looking to hire," The Seattle Times, 4 April 2013

"Mathematician who speaks at UNR Thursday gives advice for amateur gamblers, has surprising answer on why people should learn math," Reno Gazette Journal, 2 April 2013
March

Blogs on networks and MOOCs

"It's a science for crash detectives," The Providence Journal, 26 March 2013

"The Minds Behind the MOOCs,"by Steve Kolowich. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 March 2013

Media coverage of the Abel prize

"Should business be allowed to patent mathematics?" New Scientist, 18 March 2013

"Math geeks everywhere are enjoying a slice of pi today," USA Today, 14 March 2013

"Missing Math Experts," Inside Higher Ed, 13 March 2013

"Pixar's Senior Scientist explains how math makes the movies and games we love," The Verge, 7 March 2013

"As Math Grows More Complex, Will Computers Reign?," Wired, 4 March 2013

"In Pursuit of the Impossible Equation," by The Chronicle of Higher Education

"A Museum of Math," Sunday Morning, CBS, 3 March 2013

"Rolla Math Professor Lands Spot on Jeapordy [what is sic?]. KMOX (St. Louis), 2 March 2013; "S & T professor places 2nd on 'Jeopardy!'," Rolla Daily News, 6 March 2013

"This Is the Hardest Math Problem in the World," Publishers Weekly, 1 March 2013

"The Music of Math Games," American Scientist, MarchApril 2013

"First Links in the Markov Chain," American Scientist, MarchApril 2013

"Adventures in Mathematical Knitting," American Scientist, MarchApril 2013
February

Blogs on girls and science and on green mathematics

"Newsmakers: Three Q's," Science, 22 February 2013

"A mathematician puts Fermat's Last Theorem on an axiomatic diet," Science News, 20 February 2013

"Don’t Let Economists and Politicians Hack Your Math," Slate, 8 February 2013

"Honoring the Best and Brightest" and "Lubchenco Earns Spanish Research Prize." News. Science, 8 February 2013

"Mathematician discovers largest prime (so far)," The Christian Science Monitor, 5 February 2013

"Hard to Put RedLight Violations Under a Lens," The Wall Street Journal, 1 February 2013
January
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