Author Archives: Evelyn Lamb

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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What I Would Do with $3 Million for Math

How I would revamp the Breakthrough Prize

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Overthinking an Erdős Quote about Ramsey Numbers and Evil Aliens

Paul Erdős versus. Moore’s law

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Ramsey Theory on Facebook

Not long ago, I noticed that I had six Facebook friends with the same birthday, and none of them knew each other. Here’s why I was excited.

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Meet the Metallic Means

The golden ratio is familiar to many math enthusiasts—what about the silver ratio? Bronze? Aluminum?

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Bagels, Pretzels and the Nobel Prize in Physics

If you’re baffled by the phrase “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter,” we’re here to help

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Math Art to Love

A roundup of my posts about mathematical art—#loveyourmath

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Zeno on the Mountain

Hiking my way to a new appreciation of a classic mathematical paradox

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A Mathematical Birthday Life Hack

Save money and be the life of the next party with this one weird trick

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How Converting between Addition and Multiplication Makes Math Easier

The power of logarithms, zero and the word or

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A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The Connected Sum of Four Hopf Links

The mathematics of the Olympic rings

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The Mathematical Hamilton Parody You Never Knew You Needed

The discoverer of the quaternions gets Lin Manuel-ized

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