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Tag: abc conjecture

Read — 2018-09-21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Titans of mathematics clash over epic proof of abc conjecture“, by Erica Klarreich (Quanta Magazine, 2018-09-20). The abc conjecture is a relatively simple problem to state, and it has many important implications.
  2. Claude Shannon: How a genius solves problems“, by Zat Rana (Medium, 2018-08-15).
  3. New theory cracks open the black box of deep learning“, by Natalie Wolchover (Quanta Magazine, 2017-09-21).
  4. Drug pair shows promise for treating sleep apnea“, by Meredith Wadman (Science, 2018-09-21).
  5. Ripple (XRP) is up almost 50% in 24 hours on exciting new feature“, by Billy Bambrough (Forbes, 2018-09-21). Ripple announces its xRapid product. As per a Ripple spokesperson, “there isn’t currently an official commercial release timeline for xRapid”.
  6. Eventbrite: Plenty of upside left in this stellar IPO“, by Gary Alexander (Seeking Alpha, 2018-09-21). Note that the author indicates he may take a long position in EB.

Read — 2017/06/22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The 500-page proof that only one mathematician can understand“, by Michael Byrne (Motherboard). An article on the state of the abc conjecture. Naturally slips down the slope of the “proof — for whom?” question.
  2. Why a top mathematician has joined Emmanuel Macron’s revolution“, by Elisabeth Pain (Science). Fields medalist Cédric Villani leaves his post as director of the Institut Henri Poincaré to represent En Marche! in France’s National Assembly.
  3. What is a generalised mean-curvature flow?“, by Hui Yu (AMS). In case you’re ever stopped on the street and asked such a question.
  4. What causes a fever?“, by Peter Nalin (Scientific American). Answer: Often, the hypothalamus responding to pyrogens. That is, your immune system fighting off intruders.
  5. French sign Reich truce, Rome Pact next“, by Guido Enderis (NY Times, 22 June 1940).

Read — 2012/09/18

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Suggestions of a Married Jesus“, by B. D. Colen (Harvard Gazette).
  2. Maskin Named University Professor” (Harvard Gazette).
  3. In Car Country, Obama Trumpets China Trade Case“, by Mark Landler (NY Times).
  4. One Day, Growing Spare Parts inside the Body“, by Henry Fountain (NY Times). Never Let Me Go, anyone?
  5. A Possible Breakthrough in Explaining a Mathematical Riddle“, by Kenneth Chang (NY Times). An admittedly coarse discussion of a recently posted set of papers on the abc conjecture.
  6. How to Fix the Schools“, by Joe Nocera (NY Times). The article notes that (i) American teachers are undertrained on average (in teacher education, “we neither emphasize pedagogy…nor demand mastery of the subject matter”), and (ii) American society does not respect teaching as a profession. Both points ring true. The question remains, how do we address these shortcomings?
  7. Look How Far We’ve Come Apart“, by Jonathan Haidt and Marc J. Hetherington (NY Times). Lovely if lengthy article associating the increasing political polarization in America with three graphs: (1) increasing divisions within Congress, (2) increasing distrust between members of opposing political parties, and (3) increasing distrust of government. Data suggest that Republicans trust government during a Republican presidency but not during a Democratic one (thus conflating, rightly or wrongly, “government” with “presidency”). P.S. Love the title.