Math Isn’t That Hard

Jonathan Chait and I may not agree on much when it comes to politics, but we do agree on something when it comes to mathematics--namely, that the laws of arithmetic are immutable. So, when Jenny Kutner, a Salon writer, tries desperately to pretend that Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis did not lose the women's vote--even …

The Fields Medal Has Its First Female Recipient

And she's an Iranian, which I suppose I cannot help but point out with more than a little pride:As an 8-year-old, Maryam Mirzakhani used to tell herself stories about the exploits of a remarkable girl. Every night at bedtime, her heroine would become mayor, travel the world or fulfill some other grand destiny.Today, Mirzakhani — …

Quote of the Day

Diane Herrmann, the co-director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics and a Senior Lecturer, described Sally as “a force of nature.” Herrmann worked with Sally as a teacher, mentor and then as a colleague for the past 30 years. “He was passionately interested in mathematical education at all levels,” said Herrmann, who with Sally co-founded the …

Everyone Can Be Good at Math

Please spare me protestations to the contrary: “I’m just not a math person.” We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably are a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing …