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Like a moth to a naked light.

How can I improve my chances of getting into graduate programs? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on May 14, 2012 - 3 answers

What ways can a person contribute to significant science without being a full-time professional scientist?

What ways can a person contribute to significant science without being a full-time professional scientist? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 1, 2012 - 22 answers

Mr. Math Monster, I presume?

Help me to learn math as an adult when I still despise the frustrating beast from my childhood! [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Mar 24, 2012 - 20 answers

Approximating Natural Log By Hand

Calculating/approximating ln(x) 'by hand'? [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

Is it weird? Is it math?

Recommend to me please your favorite "oddball" math topics and resources. [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi on Feb 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Is joint parameter estimation always strictly better than individual parameter estimation?

Is it true that it is always better to estimate parameters jointly, even when they are completely unrelated? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Online mathematics

Which are the best online courses for studying algebra and progressing up to trig, calculus, and differentials? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Feb 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Discrete mathematics for idiots?

Now that I'm back at college, I'm having serious trouble with an elementary course in Discrete Mathematics (for computer scientists). How can I complete this course? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 31, 2012 - 29 answers

Where can I purchase mathematical examples and models in the Eames/Mathematica style?

Where can I purchase physical mathematical examples and models in the Eames/Mathematica style? [more inside]
posted by j.edwards on Jan 30, 2012 - 10 answers

"Science is fundamentally flawed"

Do Godel's theorems refute all of science and logic? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Jan 4, 2012 - 30 answers

Why did you stop hating math?

In high school you hated math, but later you stopped hating it. How did this happen? [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Dec 9, 2011 - 45 answers

Man is the measure of all things.

What is the philosophy of measurement? [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace on Nov 23, 2011 - 27 answers

I still KNOW the quadratic equation, just not what it means

I have forgotten basically all of math, and I want to learn it again from the ground up. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 19, 2011 - 28 answers

Any rigorous study of unpredicted applications of pure math?

It is often said that pure math research finds unpredictable applications long after it is done. Has anyone tried to investigate this phenomenon rigorously? [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Sep 30, 2011 - 5 answers

What can I add to my math degree to improve my job prospects?

I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

How to untie a trefoil knot?

Mathematics/Topology: how to untie a trefoil knot in four dimensions? [more inside]
posted by knz on Aug 30, 2011 - 10 answers

How do you place students into calculus courses?

Attention math teachers: what processes does your college/university use for placement into Calculus courses? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Aug 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Math ties?

Any good math or physics neckties? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Jul 20, 2011 - 13 answers

What happened to my brain? Is it too late for me to increase my intelligence?

Is it really possible for me, at 42, to increase my IQ/fluid intelligence/learning ability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 - 30 answers

¡==¿ !?

What does "¡==¿" mean? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on Jun 27, 2011 - 11 answers

After all these implements and texts designed by intellects we're vexed to find evidently there's still so much that hides.

I like math! I took an introductory undergraduate math course on DSP and, well, I want more. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on May 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Handicapping Reality

How do I learn and practice handicapping skills? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Apr 28, 2011 - 7 answers

CS Math books

I am a GIS college student looking to develop my skills in programming, particularly in Python. For starters, I need to wake up my dormant math skills. What mathematics-for-programmers books, or general Computer Science books, should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Apr 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Did Anyone Invent Some New Math Stuff So They Could Solve A Problem Which Then Lead To a Technological Breakthrough?

Can you cite any examples where a technological breakthrough wasn't possible until there was some sort of mathematical breakthrough? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Apr 6, 2011 - 32 answers

Mathematics help for 6yr old son

Help me help my 6yr old with maths. [more inside]
posted by sammyabdu on Apr 5, 2011 - 17 answers

From teaching to tech - updating resume and skills

I have a Master's in math, and would like to get a job in the tech industry or a laboratory, but my resume is very teaching-oriented. I would like tips on retooling it to make myself more attractive. I also have several months to improve my skills. [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Apr 4, 2011 - 6 answers

A simple model of the dynamics of whhaaa?

Physicists, or someone who is familiar with physics or mathematical models, please help me interpret "a mathematical model of social group competition with application to the growth of religious non-affiliation". I have never heard of Sociophysics before today. [more inside]
posted by ServSci on Mar 25, 2011 - 9 answers

math finance text?

Any recommendations for a good graduate level text book for an introduction to mathematical finance course? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Mar 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Never been near a university, never took a paper or a learned degree.

Why should I study math? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jan 22, 2011 - 8 answers

How should I best use my time to transition out of academia? (I'm in math.)

How should I best use my time to transition out of academia? (I'm in math.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Art in the 4th dimension?

Do any visual artists work in 4 or more dimensions? Who are they, and what does their work look like? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Dec 28, 2010 - 16 answers

How much does it weigh now?

A 600-pound, 24-foot-long retractable movie screen is suspended from two chains attached to an overhead pipe. I want to get it down. Come inside for the details. [more inside]
posted by goatdog on Dec 21, 2010 - 17 answers

Quantitative finance jobs for a pure mathematician

I'm a pure mathematician with a Ph.D. and I'm currently a visiting professor at a large state university. However, I'm looking to switch gears and get into the quantitative finance field. The problem is that I don't know anything at all about finance. I know that there are companies such as D. E. Shaw that hire mathematicians that don't have financial experience; what other companies should I look at? Is there any general advice you'd give someone in my position? Also, I have my Ph.D. from a well-regarded state school, but I'm not an Ivy-leaguer; does that put me at a disadvantage?
posted by Frobenius Twist on Nov 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Dyscalculia and logic class

I have a learning disability (dyscalculia/mathematics disorder). Could I handle the formal language component of an undergrad Introduction to Logic class? [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle on Nov 23, 2010 - 19 answers

Recommend me a book on Cryptography/Cryptanalysis!

I get to teach myself Cryptography for a class, please help me pick my book! [more inside]
posted by zidane on Nov 14, 2010 - 12 answers

How do you use paired comparisons to rank a large set of items?

What strategies give useful aggregate ranking information when asking people to pick a favorite between two items selected at random (or close to random) from a large set of possible items? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Why doesn't the OED have better coverage of mathematical terms?

Why doesn't the OED have better coverage of mathematical terms? Is this an area they want to improve on, or have they drawn a line of obscurity somewhere that just leaves out more than I expected? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Oct 5, 2010 - 9 answers

What's the textbook for maths teachers?

Teaching filter: What's the best book or online resource for a trainee maths high school teacher, you are aware of. [more inside]
posted by 92_elements on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Making math fun!

Calling all math lovers! Great mathematics toys/gifts for adults? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Sep 7, 2010 - 24 answers

Careers for Pure Mathematicians

What are you, as a graduate of pure mathematics, doing? [more inside]
posted by jpcooper on May 17, 2010 - 28 answers

An awesome vector geometry teaching website

I'm trying to find a website that teaches vector mathematics in lesson form. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Regular tessellations of Euclidean spaces

MathFilter: Is there a relationship between the number of dimensions in a Euclidean space and the number of regular tessellations of that space? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on May 2, 2010 - 10 answers

Economics for physicists

Can anyone recommend a book which explains the basics of economic theory in a way accessible to physicists/mathematicians? [more inside]
posted by snoktruix on Apr 24, 2010 - 14 answers

ount all the ways that 15 objects can be put into four piles so that each pile has a different number of objects in it.

"Count all the ways that 15 objects can be put into four piles so that each pile has a different number of objects in it." Is there a smart general method for solving problems like this? Feel free to assume uniqueness/non-emptiness of the piles if it helps. (Not homework)
posted by onalark on Apr 20, 2010 - 18 answers

What do you love about zero?

My favorite number is 0. I have many reasons for this, but I want more. [more inside]
posted by junipero on Apr 1, 2010 - 38 answers

I am sick of having to say "I'm not good at math."

I have always had difficulty with mathematics. Now I'm in my mid-thirties and have gone back to school to study engineering. Things are not going appreciably better than they did the first time I went to university. What can I do to fill the gaps I have and become a skilled problem-solver? I want to go from being a C to being an A student. [more inside]
posted by rhombus on Mar 24, 2010 - 30 answers

lefty mathematics

my son is left handed and is finding it frustrating when doing his maths homework, because he continually needs to stop writing to lift his hand and look at the equation he is working on. Any lefty mathy mefites with advice on how you have have learned to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by compound eye on Mar 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Do we have to know Cramer's rule for the exam?

Why do people care about Cramer's rule? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Mar 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Why is the name "Szőkefalvi-Nagy" sometimes abbreviated to "Sz.-Nagy"?

Why is the name "Szőkefalvi-Nagy" sometimes abbreviated to "Sz.-Nagy"? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Feb 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Two numbers walk into a set of brackets...

Looking to teach myself the basics (and perhaps the not-so-basics) of set theory... How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane on Feb 19, 2010 - 12 answers

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