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New Data Set

Paul Ginsparg recently provided me with a truly awesome data-set concerning the mathematics papers at the  I am thinking of ways to put it to use in making new mathematics illustrations and hopefully improving on my previous project.

AMS Council Meeting

I wrote a few articles stemming from my experiences reporting on the AMS‘s graduate student blog to the AMS Council Meeting. I had a bit of writer’s block so it took longer to write them than I expected it would. Here they are:

  1. AMS Council Meeting – Part 1
  2. AMS Council Meeting – Part 2
  3. AMS Council Meeting – Part 3

For the Love of Inequalities

My divagations concerning the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality have not gone unnoticed. Continue reading

How To Prove It?

A book that I really enjoyed reading was How To Prove It by Daniel Velleman. The main idea of the book is what is called a structured approach to proof. This idea is related to structured programming. Continue reading

Icon Wrangling

I think most people tend to have a lot of loose icons on their desktop.   There is a neat program that allows you to make fences, which are labeled, semi-transparent boundaries that you can make to group your icons.   Making a fence is as simple as selecting a group of icons while holding down the right-click button.  This brings up a window asking if you want to make a fence.


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Formulas for Differentiation of Implicit Functions

Many people who have taken a Calculus sequence of one form or another are familar with the notion that if F\left(x,y\right)=0, then by taking the derivative with respect to x, we find:

F_x+F_y y' = 0

which imples that if F_y \neq 0 then

\displaystyle y' = -\frac{F_x}{F_y}

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Making Nice Images of Equations in Windows

If you already know LaTeX, there is a quick and easy way to make images that you can paste into many different Windows applications such as PowerPoint.
For the following technique to work, it will be necessary to install MikTeX.

Now, if the details are not what you are interested in and you would like to get on with it,  I have made files available.  To get them to work the idea is simple.   Download the files I have made available.  Put them all in the same directory.  Edit body.txt and double click the batch file (.bat).  The body.txt file that I have provided contains the text:


Double clicking makeLaTeXImage.bat produces the image of the fraction \displaystyle\frac{a}{b} which is called tmp1.png

The code is set up to produce images with a transparent background to make it conducive to pasting into documents with different colored backgrounds.

To change the image generated, change the text in body.txt

One modification to the images produced that I can anticipate an average user needing is a modification in the default resolution.  This can be done by editing the following line of the batch file in your text editor:

dvipng -D 200 tmp.dvi -T tight -bg transparent

Here, 200 means 200 dpi.  You can change this to whatever dpi you need.  For instance,

dvipng -D 600 tmp.dvi -T tight -bg transparent

gives 600 dpi.
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MathOverflow Has Siblings

Mathoverflow is a peerless way to get mathematics questions answered at the graduate level and above.

In addition to this website, there are two others that I think would be of general interest to a mathematical audience.

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Living & Learning

Things that I have seriously considered doing are:

Painting an entire wall of my apartment with blackboard paint.

Painting an entire wall of my apartment with whiteboard paint.

Making my own transparent whiteboard from plexiglass.

Painting a table top with blackboard paint.