Michael Atiyah 1929-2019

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From: Mathematical Institute of Oxford University 

We are very sorry to hear of the death of Michael Atiyah. Michael was a giant of mathematics. He held many positions including Savilian Professor of Geometry here in Oxford, President of the Royal Society, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, the founding Directorship of the Isaac Newton Institute and Chancellor of the University of Leicester. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 and the Abel Prize in 2004.

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Calculus, oh dear calculus!

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Calculus has been always interesting for each of us in mathematics. No matter how advanced your field of research is, no matter how many years you have worked on different parts of mathematics, and even no matter how many times you have taught it to first semester students of science and engineering; again it is interesting and it has many different problems that you have never seen them before. Almost every mathematician has wrote a book or has had this idea to write a book on the subject. It may be the only part of mathematics with this amount of textbooks. Who can be so dare to claim that he could even review all of them in his lifetime?

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Why Are There So Few Women Mathematicians?

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How a corrosive culture keeps women out of leadership positions on math

JANE C. HU NOV 4, 2016 – Atlantic

As soon as mathematician Chad Topaz ripped the plastic off his copy of the American Mathematical Society’s magazine Notices, he was disappointed. Staring back at him from the cover were the faces of 13 of his fellow mathematicians—all of them men, and the majority of them white.  “Highlighting all this maleness and whiteness—what is the message that is being sent to the membership?” he wondered.

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A Beautifully-Designed Edition of Euclid’s Elements from 1847 Gets Digitized: Explore the New Online, Interactive Reproduction

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Article by: Josh Jones  from Open Culture

For two millennia, Euclid’s Elements, the foundational ancient work on geometry by the famed Greek mathematician, was required reading for educated people. (The “classically educated” read them in the original Greek.) The influence of the Elements in philosophy and mathematics cannot be overstated; so inspiring are Euclid’s proofs and axioms that Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote a sonnet in his honor. But over time, Euclid’s principles were streamlined into textbooks, and the Elements was read less and less.

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Unraveling the Mathematics of Smell

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Scientists have created a “map” of odor molecules, which could ultimately be used to predict new scent combinations 

The human nose finds it simple to distinguish the aroma of fresh coffee from the stink of rotten eggs, but the underlying biochemistry is complicated. Researchers have now created an olfactory “map”—a geometric model of how molecules combine to produce various scents. This map could inspire a way to predict how people might perceive certain odor combinations and help to drive the development of new fragrances, scientists say.

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Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover

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Through exacting geometric calculations, Philip Gibbs has found the smallest known cover for any possible shape.

By:Kevin Hartnetthttps://www.quantamagazine.org

Philip Gibbs is not a professional mathematician. So when he wanted a problem to chew on, he looked for one where even an amateur could make a difference. What he found was a challenge that could drive even the most exacting minds mad. In a paper completed earlier this year, Gibbs achieved a major advance on a 100-year-old question that hinges on the ability to accurately measure area down to the atomic scale.

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Fending Off Math Anxiety

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By Perri Klass, M.d.
April 24, 2017

NYTIMES.COM

My mother was what we would now call math anxious, if not phobic. My daughter, on the other hand, was a math major, which always left me feeling like the transitional generation, capable of mastering standardized-test math problems and surviving college calculus (it’s one of the pre-med requirements) but never really connecting to the beauty or power of the subject.

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