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Yes! Video games are the best way to explain basic topology.  You know those special levels in Super Mario Bros. where the screen doesn’t move with you — you’re just in a “room” and if you go off to the … Continue reading

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1. Use mathematics as a shorthand language rather than as an engine of inquiry 2. Keep to them [your models/problems] till you have them done 3. Translate to english 4. Illustrate with examples important to real life 5. Burn the … Continue reading

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Robot Committing Suicide

I move my arm. [holonomy] I move my arm, hand and shoulder. [holonomy] I move my arm, hand, shoulders, but my fingers are still. I move my arm. [lie group] I move my arm across the table. [embedded in a … Continue reading

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Gender Studies & Mathematics, #2

I’m totally convinced that ∃ more connections between mathematics and the humanities than the university culture I once stewed in would suggest. Probably due to personality differences, but also lack of familiarity with each other’s subject matter, I never saw … Continue reading

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multiplicities of freedom demonstrates Chaos Theory in Excel. If he filled in more initial values, you would see a thick bar—like a picture of white-noise. Butterflies flapping their wings in Vermont to change the wind in Hangzhou? A drop of … Continue reading

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How do I Create the Identity Matrix in R? Also a bit of group theory.

I googled for this once upon a time and nothing came up. Hopefully this saves someone ten minutes of digging about in the documentation. You make identity matrices with the keyword diag, and the number of dimensions in parentheses. > … Continue reading

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multiplicitiesoffreedom: Gotcha.

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