The Mathematics of History

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana Most of us have heard the above quote or some form of it, but I don’t know if it really motivated any of us when having to memorize dates or fill out maps.  But, perhaps something else will motivate us.  It […]

Talking Trees

Graph Theory is an area of mathematics that uses constructs called graphs to model many relations and processes found in real-world problems.  The graphs consist of vertices (points or nodes) connected by edges (segments or arcs or loops).  This area of mathematics has applications in computer science, biology, chemistry, linguistics, physics, chemistry, sociology, and more. […]

Jim Simons: Renaissance Mathematician

Jim Simons is a man who has lived a full life as a mathematician.  While doing mathematical research and laying the foundation for string theory, he also cracked codes for the NSA.  He then went into cracking Wall Street, applying mathematics to investments and becoming wealthy.  He is now active with his Simons Foundation, which […]