well, this is an application of mathematics I never expected! https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28789-locked-in-people-show-signs-of-awareness-when-faced-with-sums/
Happy New Year!
Here is a mathematical treasure: Leibniz’s Papers on Calculus: http://www.maa.org/press/periodicals/convergence/mathematical-treasure-leibnizs-papers-on-calculus
“The climate fact no one will admit: 2 °C warming is inevitable”
Here are some recent mathematicians who work on related questions:
The work of mathematician Guillaume Jouvet (Free University Berlin) and glaciologist Martin Funk of ETH in Zürich is somewhat spooky but awesome. They use computer model of glaciers and data gathered from the slow under-ice motion of the bodies of alpinists who died in a glacier over a number of years. https://plus.maths.org/content/maths-solves-frozen-mystery
And Noemi Petra’s new work is on inferring base slip conditions for Antarctic glacial flows
Today is the 200th anniversary of George Boole‘s birth. Boole (1815-1864), born in Lincoln, England, was a self-taught mathematician. In 1849 he became the first Professor of Mathematics at University of Cork, Ireland where he wrote his most important work, An Investigation of the Laws of Thought. But I didn’t know much about him. I remember being taught about булева логика in year 5 of school by my favourite maths and computer science teacher (and being amused ten years later that this term was the same in English, “boolean logic”). Now I know a bit more! So thanks Google for this random mathematical history fact!
“A large cluster of objects in space look like something you would “expect an alien civilization to build”, astronomers have said.
Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University, is set to publish a report on the “bizarre” star system suggesting the objects could be a “swarm of megastructures”, according to a new report.
I was fascinated by how crazy it looked,” Wright told The Atlantic. “Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build.”
The original paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1509.03622v1.pdf
Dyson Sphere https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyson_sphere