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Using Math to Understand Your World—And Your Neighbor

Using Math to Understand Your World—And Your Neighbor

Like all math teachers, Professor Kate Johnson of the Mathematics Education Department studies variables. The variables that Johnson examines, however, usually don’t show up on the page. Johnson researches how math teachers understand personal and social identity and...
What the Boy Scouts Don’t Understand About Knots

What the Boy Scouts Don’t Understand About Knots

Math professor Mark Hughes specializes in topology. But before you get out your elevation map and GPS, make sure you know what Hughes studies. “Whenever you say topology, people always hear topography, which involves maps and land forms and is not the same thing,”...
Why Number Theorists Tackle Centuries-Old Problems

Why Number Theorists Tackle Centuries-Old Problems

Dr. Roger Baker’s office whiteboard fills up in twenty minutes with centuries-old problems for which no mathematician has an answer or a proof. “All of these, you can describe them to anybody who understands high school math, really,” Baker said. “That’s why I...