Jordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and an MFA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins. His areas of research specialization are number theory and algebraic geometry. He has written articles on mathematical topics in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the Believer, and is a regular columnist for Slate.
This Fermi question is probably easy for some people: I’m guessing there are some women for whom the answer is zero (am I right?), and some men whose necktie-wearing is dominated by “every day at work, 5 days a week, 50 days a year.” For me it’s much harder. I guess I’d say — three or four times a year, as an adult? More when I was younger and went to more weddings. I’m gonna estimate I’ve put on a tie 150 times in my life.
Followup question: how ma
Nobody decided to kill Terrill Thomas. He kept flooding his cell at the Milwaukee County Jail and making a mess so they just turned off the water to his cell. Then they left it off until he was dead. It took six days. Fellow inmates say he was calling out for water. Corrections officers say they checked in on Thomas every half hour, and “he had made some type of noise or movement” every time. Until the last time, when he didn’t make any type of noise o
This is a guest post by Caroline Series.
The Chern Medal is a relatively new prize, awarded once every four years jointly by the IMU and the Chern Medal Foundation (CMF) to an individual whose accomplishments warrant the highest level of recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of mathematics. Funded by the CMF, the Medalist receives a cash prize of US$ 250,000. In addition, each Medalist may nominate one or more organizations to receive funding totalling US$ 250,000, for
People love to make fun of George Foreman because he named all his sons George Foreman. But former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger named all his sons Lawrence Eagleburger and nobody raises a peep! There’s no justice.
Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election, but won the popular vote by 2% over Donald Trump, roughly in line with the popular margin George W. Bush enjoyed in his 2004 re-election campaign against John Kerry.
Does that matter?
As many of my conservative friends have pointed out, it doesn’t matter at all as far as who should be President. Contests have rules. If you don’t win the most games in the AL East, you don’t win the division; doesn’t matter if
Congratulations to the Cubs, the Indians, and their fanbases, one of which will enjoy a long-awaited championship!
Now here’s the question. Which player in baseball history was the best combined Cub/Indian? My methodology, as it was last year, is to draw the top 200 position players and pitchers from each team by Wins Above Replacement, using the Baseball Reference Play Index. Then I find the players with the highest value of
(WAR for team 1 * WAR for team 2)
I really like talking with AB about arithmetic and her strategies for doing problems. All this Common Core stuff about breaking up into hundreds and tens and ones that people like to make fun of? That’s how she does things. She can describe her process a lot more articulately than most grownups can, because it’s … … Continue reading →
What is there to say? Should Showalter have used Britton? Probably. When? Probably when O’Day came in, when the Orioles desperately needed a double play to keep the game tied. (But O’Day got the double play ball anyway.) Barring that, you bring Britton in to start the 11th, I think, because Britton doesn’t give up home runs and you’ve got the home run guys coming up. But what difference does it make? The Orioles weren’t hitting, not off Liriano,
Just ran across this hunk of data journalism from the Washington Post:
In a 100-friend scenario, the average white person has 91 white friends; one each of black, Latino, Asian, mixed race, and other races; and three friends of unknown race. The average black person, on the other hand, has 83 black friends, eight white friends, two Latino friends, zero Asian friends, three mixed race friends, one other race friend and four friends of unknown race.
Going back to Chris Rock’s po