Search Results for: love and math

Edward Frenkel: Love and Math —The Heart of Hidden Reality

December 04, 2013

“The laws of Nature are written in the language of mathematics.” — Galileo *** Most of us are unaware of the hidden world of mathematics. Actually, we’d rather avoid the subject entirely. It’s difficult and inaccessible. A lot of that has to do with the way we’re introduced to mathematics as taught in school and […]

You and Your Research by Richard Hamming

March 30, 2020

Talk at Bellcore, 7 March 1986, by Richard Hamming Transcript The title of my talk is “You and Your Research.” It is not about managing research, it is about how you individually do your research. I could give a talk on the other subject — but it’s not, it’s about you. I’m not talking about […]

Sex on the Beach with Montaigne and Descartes

October 01, 2018

In the second installment of our FS Bar series (see here for the first), philosophers Montaigne and Descartes discuss the utility of experience, what kind of knowledge we should seek, and sex on the beach. As always, they are attended by our intellectually curious bartender Kit. The door to the FS Bar opens and Montaigne […]

The Nerds Were Right. Math Makes Life Beautiful.

May 07, 2018

Math has long been the language of science, engineering, and finance, but can math help you feel calm on a turbulent flight? Get a date? Make better decisions? Here are some heroic ways math shows up in our everyday life. *** Sounds intellectually sophisticated, doesn’t it? Other than sounding really smart at after-work cocktails, what […]

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Shakespeare, Cobra Breeding, and a Tower in Pisa

February 27, 2018

When we try to make a single change within a complex system, we often end up causing unintended consequences. These can be positive or negative. If we don’t anticipate unintended consequences, we can’t expect to achieve our desired outcomes. *** In 1890, a New Yorker named Eugene Schieffelin took his intense love of Shakespeare’s Henry […]

Bayes and Deadweight: Using Statistics to Eject the Deadweight From Your Life

January 29, 2018

The quality of your life will, to a large extent, be decided by whom you elect to spend your time with. Supportive, caring, and funny are great attributes in friends and lovers. Unceasingly negative cynics who chip away at your self-esteem? We need to jettison those people as far and fast as we can. The […]