Author Archives: Evelyn Lamb

Jayadev Athreya’s Favorite Theorem

The University of Washington mathematician talks trees, lattices and a plucky constant that seems to show up everywhere

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Review: Inventing the Mathematician

Sara N. Hottinger’s thoughtful book addresses Western cultural narratives about who does mathematics

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A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The Pseudo-Rhombicuboctahedron

The tortured psyche of a misunderstood solid

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Federico Ardila’s Favorite Theorem

An audio tour of matroid theory and music

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From Music to Mathematics: Exploring the Connections (Review)

A review of Gareth Roberts’s book From Music to Mathematics: Exploring the Connections

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Mohamed Omar’s Favorite Theorem

The Harvey Mudd math professor tells us what dessert pairs best with Burnside’s Lemma

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A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The Bicylinder

Also known as mouhefanggai or the Steinmetz solid, this shape appeared in the first Chinese explorations of the volume of a sphere

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Do You Know Your ABCs?

The mysterious abc conjecture is once again in the news. What is it?

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Justin Curry’s Favorite Theorem

The University at Albany mathematician talks about why he just can’t get enough of those Platonic solids

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Bathroom, Mathroom

For World Toilet Day, an appreciation of the most mathematically interesting room in the house

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A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The Loch Ness Monster

“They did the math, they did the monster math…”

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Household Chores for Mathematicians

Need a babysitter? Ask a combinatorialist. Baseboards dirty? A number theorist won’t mind cleaning them. And other highly scientific recommendations for mathematicians to handle the housework

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Dusa McDuff’s Favorite Theorem

Dusa McDuff explains why she loves the nonsqueezing theorem—and what vegetable she’d pair it with

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A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The 1-Dimensional Sphere

There’s more to the circle than meets the π

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An Interview with Yours Truly

What advice do I have for graduate students? Tl;dr: It’s okay to get help

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The Joy of Sexagesimal Floating-Point Arithmetic

One eighth equals seven and thirty in this strange base 60 world

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Emille Davie Lawrence’s Favorite Theorem

Why the University of San Francisco math professor loves the compact surface classification theorem

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A Few of My Favorite Spaces: A 6-Holed Torus

It all starts with a pentagon…

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Mathematics World Mourns Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win Fields Medal

The brilliant Stanford professor, killed by breast cancer at 40, worked with shapes unconstrained by the real world

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Review: Remembering Sofya Kovalevskaya

Michèle Audin’s book about Sofya Kovalevskaya is a fascinating combination of biography, personal reflections, and fictional digressions

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For World Tessellation Day, Remember to Look Down

June 17 is World Tessellation Day. Take a moment to look at the beautiful patterns under your feet

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A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The Poincaré Homology Sphere

If it quacks like a sphere…

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That Time Marie Curie Was Just Trying to Get the Electricity Running

Repeat Nobel Winners, they’re just like us!

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Review: Through the Shadowlands

Julie Rehmeyer’s new memoir is a moving portrait of a person living expansively in the face of setbacks and limitations

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What Does Compactness Really Mean?

It took me a long time to understand the mysterious mathematical property of compactness 

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A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The Douady Rabbit

Come for the fractals. Stay for the bunny puns

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Math under My Feet

I took a walk and tripped—almost literally—over a beautiful octagonal tiling

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Thank You, Sophie, and I’m Sorry

I wish we got to read a different story about Sophie Germain

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The Serenity of Kakeya

I turn to the Kakeya needle problem for reassurance in difficult times

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Being a Trans Mathematician: A Q&A with Autumn Kent

"Being trans is beautiful"

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