Math Digest
On Media Coverage of Math
Edited by Mike Breen and Annette Emerson, AMS Public Awareness Office
Contributors: Mike Breen (AMS), Claudia Clark (freelance science writer), Lisa DeKeukelaere (2004 AMS Media Fellow), Annette Emerson (AMS), Samantha Faria (AMS), and Allyn Jackson (Senior Deputy Editor, Notices of the AMS)
2015 Math Digest
December 2015

On performing vs. learning, by Samantha Faria
"The MathClass Paradox," The Atlantic, 31 December 2015

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician contestants in the news, by Mike Breen

On being smarter, by Mike Breen
"Get Smarter," New Scientist, 12 December 2015

An exhibition about Ada Lovelace, by Claudia Clark
"The enchantress of numbers," Science, 11 December 2015

On high school math star Ellen Li, by Claudia Clark
"For math star, numbers, music and volunteerism all add up," The Gainesville Sun, 8 December 2015

On the kidnapping of an NYU computer, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"The Mathematicians Who Ended the Kidnapping of an N.Y.U. Computer," New York Times, 6 December 2015
November 2015

On Cracking a 50YearOld Math Problem, by Claudia Clark
"'Outsiders' Crack 50YearOld Math Problem," Quanta Magazine, 24 November 2015

On Lewis Caroll, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Mathematics: Logic and Lewis Carroll," Nature, 19 November 2015

Working through Einstein's first proof, by Mike Breen
"Einstein's First Proof," The New Yorker, 19 November 2015

Media coverage of Katherine Johnson, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, by Annette Emerson

On rethinking math education, by Samantha Faria
"It's Time For Us To Rethink Math, UW Mathematician Says," Wisconsin Public Radio, 17 November 2015

On the graph isomorphism problem, by Allyn Jackson
"Complex problem made simple sends computer scientists wild," New Scientist, 11 November 2015

Media coverage of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize to Ian Agol, by Annette Emerson

On applied mathematics in the Pacific Rim, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Pacific Rim mathematicians coaxed from their ivory towers," Science, 6 November 2015

On math and food, by Claudia Clark
""Watch Stephen Colbert Try to Wrap His Mind Around the Mathematics of Food," Eater, 5 November 2015

On the latest Ramanujan discovery, by Claudia Clark
"Ramanujan surprises again," Plus Magazine, 3 November 2015
October 2015

On American Students' Drop in Math Skills, by Samantha Faria
"Nationwide Test Shows Dip in Students' Math Abilities," New York Times, 28 October 2015

On advances in graph theory, by Annette Emerson
"Theorists Draw Closer to Perfect Coloring," Quanta Magazine, 20 October 2015

On the bicentenary of the birth of George Boole, by Mike Breen
"How a Victorian mathematics don became a digital pioneer," The Guardian, 17 October 2015

On recreational mathematics, by Claudia Clark
"The Importance of Recreational Math," New York Times, 12 October 2015

Honoring William Rowan Hamilton, by Samantha Faria
"William Rowan Hamilton: walker, graffiti artist, genius," The Irish Times, 8 October 2015

On an interview with Talithia Williams on increasing opportunities for minorities in STEM, by Annette Emerson
"Increasing Education Opportunities For Minorities In STEM," Forbes, 7 October 2015

On Émilie du Châtelet, by Claudia Clark
"Émilie du Châtelet: the woman science forgot," Cosmos, 5 October 2015

On the math of wing design, by Lisa De Keukelaere
"Mathematics For Optimal Wing Design," Forbes, 2 October 2015

On Alan Turing's work, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Testing Turing's Legacy," Discover, October 2015
September 2015

On a physicist's dim view of probability theory, by Allyn Jackson
"Probability is as useful to physics as flatEarth theory," New Scientist, 30 September 2015

On quant investing, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Rich Formula: Math And Computer Wizards Now Billionaires Thanks To Quant Trading Secrets," Forbes, online 29 September 2015 (print issue 19 October 2015)

On patterns in art, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Patterns are math we love to look at," The Conversation, 22 September 2015

On encryption that's secure from attack by quantum computers, by Claudia Clark
"The Tricky Encryption that Could Stump Quantum Computers," Wired (from Quanta magazine), 19 September 2015

On Hamid Naderi Yeganeh's mathematical art, by Annette Emerson
"Next da Vinci? Math genius using formulas to create fantastical works of art," CNN, 17 September 2015

On mathemagician Art Benjamin, by Samantha Faria
"From Poof to Proof: Inside the Mind of a Mathemagician," Smithsonian Magazine, 8 September 2015

On busy roads, by Claudia Clark
"The Road Less Traveled," Quanta Magazine, 3 September 2015

On building probabilistic reasoning into programming language, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Programs and Probability," American Scientist, SeptemberOctober 2015
August 2015

On computers and math, by Allyn Jackson
"Our number's up: Machines will do maths we'll never understand," New Scientist, 26 August 2015,
"The Art of Programming": Interview with Simon Colton, New Scientist, 29 August 2015

On an NFL Mathlete, by Mike Breen
"The (NFL) Mathlete," Sports Illustrated, 24 August 2015

On Neil Sloane, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"The Connoisseur of Number Sequences," Quanta Magazine, 6 August 2015

On a multiplication game, by Claudia Clark
"This 'Simple' Multiplication Game Will Help You Rediscover The Joy Of Math," Forbes, 2 August 2015
July 2015

On the U.S. IMO team, by Mike Breen

On John H. Conway, by Claudia Clark
"The world’s most charismatic mathematician," The Guardian (UK), 23 July 2015

On using math to analyze leads in sports, by Allyn Jackson
"Winning formula reveals if your team is too far ahead to lose," New Scientist, 11 July 2015

On a museum's math error that really wasn't, by Claudia Clark
"Math error at Museum of Science? Not so fast.," The Boston Globe, 8 July 2015

On not being a female role model, by Samantha Faria
"Why I Don’t Like Being a 'Female Role Model'," Bright, 7 July 2015

On streamlining and preserving the classification of finite simple groups, by Lisa Dekeukelaere
"The Whole Universe Catalog," Scientific American, July 2015

On beating traffic, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Playing in Traffic," American Scientist, JulyAugust 2015
June 2015

On characteristics that lead students to become math majors, by Claudia Clark
"Why Many Students With A's in Math Don't Major in It," US News & World Report, 22 June 2015

On a nationwide job survey, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Math, science skills add up to more job opportunities: Survey," CNBC, 15 June 2015

On a 150year old puzzle, by Claudia Clark
"A Design Dilemma Solved, Minus Designs," Quanta Magazine, 9 June 2015

On a team of math modelers' analysis of the fate of missing Malaysian flight, by Allyn Jackson
May 2015

On an interview with Martin Groetschel, by Allyn Jackson
"Mathematiker rechnen nicht [Mathematicians don't do arithmetic]": Interview with Martin Groetschel, Welt am Sonntag, 31 May 2015

On media coverage of John Nash, by Annette Emerson

On the math of how wrinkles form, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"The Fascinating Math of How Wrinkles Form," Quanta Magazine, 17 May 2015

On guitars and the defense and medical industries, by Claudia Clark
"Mathematics of the Ultimate Rock & Roll Guitar Could Help U.S. Navy And DNA Sequencing," Forbes, 14 May 2015

On finding a shipwreck using Bayesian search theory, by Samantha Faria
"How Data Nerds Found A 131YearOld Sunken Treasure," FiveThirtyEight.com, 13 May 2015

On Sitan Chen, student mathematician and musician, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Theoretical Mathematician Says There Are No Hard Problems," U.S. News & World Report, 12 May 2015

John Urschel, on his interests, by Mike Breen
"John Urschel," The New York Times, 10 May 2015

On MathCounts, by Claudia Clark
"You Can Count on Them," The Boston Globe, 9 May 2015

On mathematicians and blue crabs, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Mathematicians and Blue Crabs," The New York Times, 2 May 2015

On mathematician and musician James Stewart, by Claudia Clark
"The $23m house built by mathematics: Toronto home that doubles as concert venue was designed by professor with 'science of curves'," Daily Mail, 1 May 2015
April 2015

On Noether and modern physics, by Allyn Jackson
"The greatest physics theorem you've never heard of," New Scientist, 22 April 2015

On the National Math Festival and the AMS, by Annette Emerson
"National Math Festival underway in D.C.," ABC7, 17 April 2015

On the job market, by Mike Breen
"What I'm Reading: Articles on the Ph.D. Job Market," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 April 2015

Engaging mathematics…outside of the box, by Samantha Faria
"Putting on a Show, Mixing Mathematics and Mime, for Fun and Profit,” The New York Times, 16 April 2015

On the nature of mathematics, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"The Great Math Mystery," NOVA, 15 April 2015

On using math to make a bale feeder, by Mike Breen
"RealWorld Math: A Bit Of Trig And Hay For The Horses," Colorado Public Radio, 15 April 2015

On Persi Diaconis and playing card smooshing, by Annette Emerson
"For Persi Diaconis' Next Magic Trick ...," Quanta Magazine, 14 April 2015

On Escher, optical illusions, and math, by Annette Emerson
"Optical illusions: Is the cat walking up or down the stairs?," Western Daily Press, 8 April 2015

On an interview with Yitang Zhang, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"After Prime Proof, an Unlikely Star Rises," Quanta, 2 April 2015

On sandpiles, by Allyn Jackson
The Amazing, Autotuning Sandpile," Nautilus, 2 April 2015
March 2015

On NSA recruiting, by Claudia Clark
"After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge," NPR Morning Edition, 31 March 2015

On math and art, by Claudia Clark
"Art and science intersect at the School of the Art Institute," Chicago Tribune, 30 March 2015

Media coverage of the 2015 Abel Prize, by Annette Emerson

In honor of Emmy Noether, by Annette Emerson
"Google doodle honors mathematician Emmy Noether (+video)," Christian Science Monitor, 23 March 2015

On generating memorable passwords with Markov models, by Mike Breen
"Let Charles Dickens sort out your passwords," New Scientist, 21 March 2015

On math and the NCAA men's basketball tournament
Coverage of mathematicians' analysis of filling out brackets

Media coverage of Pi Day, by Annette Emerson

On chance, by Allyn Jackson
"Chance: How randomness rules our world," Special feature in New Scientist, 14 March 2015

On number theory, algebra and string theory, by Claudia Clark
"Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow," Quanta Magazine, 12 March 2015

On Einstein the math tutor, by Mike Breen
"Albert Einstein was a Princeton genius. And math tutor." The Trentonian, 12 March 2015

On data in medicine, by Claudia Clark
"On the Case at Mount Sinai, It’s Dr. Data," New York Times, 7 March 2015

On a fullscale computer simulation of the galaxy, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"The 100BillionBody Problem,” American Scientist, MarchApril 2015

Origami video receives 2015 Vizzie People's Choice Best Overall, by Annette Emerson
"Engineers Use Origami To Inspire Creativity," Popular Science, March 2015
February 2015

The math of deploying snowplows and salt trucks, by Annette Emerson
"The Mathematics Behind Getting All That Damned Snow Off Your Street," Wired, 23 February 2015

On math genealogy, by Mike Breen
"Isaac Newton was my father: the maths family tree," The Irish Times, 19 February 2015

On Cédric Villani, by Claudia Clark
"Seduced by calculus," Cosmos, 16 February 2015

On the old new math, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"The New Math Strikes Back," Time, 11 February 2015

On the status of programs to increase the number of math and science teachers, by Mike Breen
"A classroom experiment," Science, 6 February 2015

On math and structure, by Claudia Clark
"Numbers, bubbles and the theory of mathematics," Edwardsville Intelligencer, 6 February 2015

On the math(s) drive, by Allyn Jackson
"The maths drive is like the sex drive," New Scientist, 3 February 2015
January 2015

On the NSA and the math community, by Allyn Jackson
"Breach of Trust," Science, 30 January 2015 and
"Gute Zahlen, Schlechte Zahlen (Good numbers, bad numbers)," Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 15 January 2015

On hyperbolic crocheting in the classroom, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Arts, crafts and highend math," The Baltimore Sun, 30 January 2015

Drones for good, by Annette Emerson
"Satellites, mathematics and drones take down poachers in Africa," The Conversation, 27 January 2015

A Math Proof is a Journey, by Annette Emerson
"How Is A Mathematical Proof Like Frodo's Journey In Lord Of The Rings?," io9, 21 January 2015

On an auction of a Turing notebook, by Mike Breen
"Turing's '$1m' notebook goes to auction," Financial Times, 19 January 2015

CCTV covers Zong's Conant Prize given at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"China's PKU professor wins American mathematics award," CCTV, 15 January 2015

The Harriss Spiral, by Claudia Clark
"The golden ratio has spawned a beautiful new curve: the Harriss spiral," The Guardian, 13 January 2015

The Importance of Failure, by Lisa DeKeukelaere
"Higher Ed: The Importance of Failure to Learning," KUT.org, 11 January 2015

On attempts to verify a proof of the ABC Conjecture, by Allyn Jackson
"Mathematician's anger over his unread 500page proof," New Scientist, 07 January 2015

Developments in Origami, by Claudia Clark
"Origami: mathematics in creasing,” The Conversation, 6 January 2015

On discovering Ramanujan, by Mike Breen
"Encounter with the infinite," The Believer, JanuaryFebruary 2015

From rubber sheets to happy apps, Discover tunes in to the top math stories of 2014, by Anna Haensch
"100 Top Stories of 2014," Discover, JanuaryFebruary 2015