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Mathematics

Homotopy

06/10/2015

“Homotopy types are used to classify the essential features of an object. The letters A, R and Q all have one hole, and so are the same homotopy type. The letters C, X and K are also of the same homotopy type, as they can all transform into a line.” Source: Univalent Foundations Redefines Mathematics Read More

this week in Tremendous – #7

02/22/2015

A RECURRING SERIES OF BULLETS WHERE I GATHER BITS OF TREMENDOUS THAT HAVE CROSSED MY PATH. THE TERM ‘WEEK’ WILL BE USED LIBERALLY AND INCORRECTLY. CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Sculpture Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside   [via Colossal] While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made Read More

Math That Swings

01/03/2015

Via Nautilus, “Rhythm’s the Thing“: A 2013 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant, [Vijay Iyer] is versed in seeing the world through the lens of science. Iyer’s Yale undergraduate degree in math and physics paved the way to his Ph.D. in technology and the arts at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation explores Read More

this week in Tremendous – #5

12/24/2014

A RECURRING SERIES OF BULLETS WHERE I GATHER BITS OF TREMENDOUS THAT HAVE CROSSED MY PATH. THE TERM ‘WEEK’ WILL BE USED LIBERALLY AND INCORRECTLY. 25,000 streets. Unspoken landmarks. Obscure monuments. The London cabby exam (dubbed “The Knowledge”) may be the most difficult test in the world… a world full of travelers who happen to Read More

Dancing daily with triple integrals

10/24/2014

I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up now—someone who dances daily with triple integrals, Fourier transforms, and that crown jewel of mathematics, Euler’s equation. It’s hard to Read More

this week in Tremendous – #4

08/14/2014

A RECURRING SERIES OF BULLETS WHERE I GATHER BITS OF TREMENDOUS THAT HAVE CROSSED MY PATH. THE TERM ‘WEEK’ WILL BE USED LIBERALLY AND INCORRECTLY. The secret of Minecraft: you need to find help in the real world.  [via Medium] The scale of it is staggering; overwhelming. As you explore the extended Minecraft-verse online, you start to Read More

Only To Have A Zoologist

05/19/2014

Where the golden ratio, mathematical imagination, and physical reality meet. “Given that Fibonacci seems to appear everywhere in nature—from pineapples to rabbit populations—it was all the more odd that the ratio was fundamental to a tiling system that appeared to have nothing to do with the physical world. Penrose had created a mathematical novelty, something Read More

Capturing poetry

04/09/2014

What’s mathematics got to do with language? “To me, mathematics is a language. It’s a language that is well-equipped to describe patterns. It describes patters that can be relevant in the abstract domain of just the mathematics themselves, or it can be patterns that actually happen in the real world. And it’s those patterns—it’s that Read More

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