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What I did on my summer holidays

This summer my wife and I went to America on our honeymoon. We had a lovely time – it was hot, we saw stripey flags in all sizes, and we marvelled at what substances count as “food” in the land of the free.

But what I really want to tell you about is the National Museum of Mathematics in New York. We couldn’t fly all the way to the East coast of America and not pay a visit. So we did!


Not mentioned on The Aperiodical this week, 18th September 2015

Gender inclusivity in mathematics at Harvard

Some mathematicians at Harvard have formed an organisation called “Gender inclusivity in mathematics”, which is dedicated to “creating a community of mathematicians particularly welcoming to women interested in math and reducing the gender gap in Harvard’s math department.”

They’re running a series of talks by invited speakers and discussion events, and hope to run a conference on women in mathematics this academic year.

More information: Gender inclusivity in mathematics at Harvard

via Nalini Joshi on Twitter

National Numeracy Family Maths Toolkit

The National Numeracy campaign, a British charity aiming to improve numeracy in adults as well as children, has relaunched its Parent Toolkit as the Family Maths Toolkit. It contains advice for parents on promoting good attitudes towards maths, as well as ideas for activities to get the whole family enthused and practised in maths. There’s also a section with information to help school teachers support parental engagement with maths.

Visit: Family Maths Toolkit

Pixar in a Box

Khan Academy has partnered with Pixar to produce a subsection of their site which explains some of the maths involved in computer animation. There are the usual videos explaining individual topics, but also plenty of interactive diagrams so you can play along at home. It’s also nice to see some “Get to know …” videos, which present real animators who work at Pixar, talking about why they got into computer animation.

Visit: Pixar in a Box, at Khan Academy

Vote for MathML support in Microsoft Edge

MathJax manager Peter Krautzberger continues his quest to get web browsers to support MathML, by tweeting a link to this page on the Windows UserVoice forum where you can vote to get the Microsoft Edge team to implement the maths markup standard.

Vote for MathML support: MathML at Windows Dev Feedback.

Previously in MathML’s struggle for anyone to care:

MathML 3.0 is now an ISO standard

Dark days for MathML support in browsers