The next issue of the Carnival of Mathematics, rounding up blog posts from the month of July, is now online at PeterKrautzberger.org. The Carnival rounds up maths blog posts from all over the internet, including some from our own Aperiodical. See our Carnival of Mathematics page for more information.
- Developing the top-top set project to maximise its impact and cost-effectiveness.
- Supporting and visiting the schools currently
- Helping schools implement the top-top set model to full effect.
- Recruiting more schools to start in September 2020.
- Working with potential and existing funders.
- Teaching top-top sets or potential top-top set students.
- Developing resources for and managing the online Parallel Project.
We now know that the number 42 can be written as the sum of three cubes: \[ 42 = (-80538738812075974)^3 + 80435758145817515^3 + 12602123297335631^3 \] This computational breakthrough was achieved in a collaboration between Andrew Sutherland (MIT) and Andrew Booker (Bristol). They announced the result by both replacing their homepages with the expression – with…
Simon Singh, author of Fermat’s Last Theorem and The Code Book, among others, has for the last three years been running a project called Top-Top Set. It’s an enrichment project to stretch kids at non-selective state schools in the UK.
Now, Simon is looking for an experienced maths teacher to help him grow the project even further.
Responsibilities for the Top-Top Set Project Co-ordinator include:
If that sounds like something you’d like to do, find more information about how to apply at the Good Thinking Society website.
If that doesn’t sound like something you’d like to do, or just while you’re waiting to hear if you’ve got the job, check out Parallel, a set of free weekly maths challenges developed to support Top-Top Set, but available to everyone.
Fields medallist Cédric Villani has announced he’s running to be mayor of Paris.
Villani is already a deputé for Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche! party, but his ambition doesn’t seem to be bounded above, so now he wants to be mayor of Paris.
France has already had a mathematician President, Paul Painlevé, so I’m surprised to see Villani revisiting a solved problem. Maybe he’s going for an induction…
A press release on Villani’s website also mentions that he’s got a book out in February, Immersion, de la science à la politique, reflecting on his experiences campaigning and in parliament.
Barcelona-based publishing company Kronecker Wallis have produced a new updated edition of Byrne’s Euclid. We asked founder and editor Jordi Anton to tell us all about it – and their related Principia reprint, which is still looking for funding on Kickstarter. Tell us about Euclid’s Elements. Euclid of Alexandria lived c. 300 BCE. He wrote…
You know what’s fun? Typesetting mathematics! Glad you agree, because here’s a game that puts the fun in ‘underfilled hbox’. In TeXnique, you’re shown a typeset bit of mathematical notation, and have to frantically type LaTeX to reproduce it. You get three minutes, and you’re awarded points when you produce something that’s a pixel-perfect replica…
Karen Uhlenbeck has made a donation to the EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) Foundation which is to establish The Karen EDGE Fellowship Program. This aims “to support and enhance the research programs and collaborations of mid-career mathematicians who are U.S. citizens and members of a minority group that is underrepresented in the field of mathematics”.
The award consists of $8,000 per year for three years including funding for visits to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Further details and how to apply are available via the EDGE website. Applications are due by 1st February 2020, with three awardees announced by 1 May 2020.