Some Useful links

I’ve added some great math-related links for you guys to peruse:

What’s New: The blog of Terry Tao, one of the youngest mathematicians to receive the Fields Medal (the highest honor in mathematics). See also his excellent career advice section.

Division By Zero: A blog about math, puzzles, teaching, and academic technology.

Gowers’s Weblog: Mathematical Discussions.

Math Blog: the title says it all.

American Mathematical Society, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics: Here you can find some excellent information for students.

Thinking of graduate school in mathematics?

This week’s talk will feature a presentation by Professor Siman Wong, director of the UMass Amherst graduate program in mathematics on preparing for and applying to graduate school in mathematics. Following the talk there will be a question/answer session with a panel of graduate students. All are welcome! We will also discuss summer opportunities for graduate students in mathematics.

Talk 10/6 on the Projective Plane

This week Anna Kazanova will give a talk on the projective plane. Come learn why even parallel lines intersect!

Abstract:

Following the Renaissance artists, we will define the projective plane. We will discover that every two lines intersect and that all kinds of conics (parabola, hyperbola and ellipse) are really the same – it only depends on how you look at them.

Fractal Art Follow Up

During my talk about fractals and fractal art, I mentioned that I would post some links to interesting fractal art info:

Ultra Fractal – This is a pay for program, but you can download the demo for free, which lets you do everything, except create high quality renders of your fractals. This program is relatively easy to learn the basics, and is well documented.

Apophysis – This (somewhat difficult to learn) program is free, and can generate some pretty amazing images, once you start to get the hang of it. There are plenty of online tutorials available here.

Online Ultra Fractal Courses – Janet Parke is one of the pioneers of using Ultra-Fractal, and offers online courses to help you master Ultra Fractal. They are fun, and relatively cheap.

Deviant Art – Once you have made some of your own fractals, post them on deviantart, so people can view and comment on them, or just go and check out the amazing artists already there. The following may be a good place to start: ultra-fractal, imagersfractaldds, velvet–glove, psion005, Joel Faber, Zueuk, fractek, hoogamaphone, and LaPurr

Enjoy!

PS. I couldn’t resist claiming credit for the image at the top of this post. I made it using ultra-fractal.

Colorful talk this week!

Another great turn out last week! Come back this Wednesday 6:00-7:00 PM in LGRT 1634 for a talk on the Four Color Theorem by Holley Friedlander (me).

In this week’s talk I will answer the question: how many colors are needed to color a map so that no two neighboring territories have the same color? I will explore the history of the Four Color Theorem and give a proof of the simpler Five Color Theorem [Heawood 1890]. The eventual proof of the Four Color Theorem [Appel-Haken-Koch 1977] will also be discussed. Along the way I will present some basic definitions in graph theory and elementary proof techniques. Come learn about a very colorful area of mathematics!

How Long is The Coast of Britain?

This week’s talk is entitled “How Long is the Coast of Britain: Fractals and Fractal Art”. I hope to answer the following questions: What is a fractal? why are they so cool? How are fractals related to everyday life? How have fractals been incorporated into popular culture?

I will also be showing many amazing and cool pictures! Since the dawn of the computer, fractal art has been steadily growing in popularity; I will demo a few programs for generating fractal art, and show you what you need to get started.

New Meeting Location!

Due to the large number of people that attended the last meeting, we will be meeting in LGRT room 1634 (same time: 6-7 on Wednesdays) for the rest of the semester. From now on, our meetings will be much more comfortable!

Successful First Meeting

Well, our first meeting is out of the way, and was quite successful. It was fun getting to know everyone, and I hope many of you will return for our next meeting!

Next week I (Chris) will be speaking about fractals and fractal art. (Wed,  9/22, 6-7pm, LGRT 1521D).

See you then!

-Chris

First Meeting Wednesday 9-15!!!!

Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know that the first meeting of the semester will be held on Wednesday, 9/15 from 6-7 in LGRT 1521D, which is the undergraduate lounge. We will be eating pizza and playing games to kick off the semester. Come by, and bring your friends!

This blog is still in the construction phase, but we will be adding lots more info to it about the club and other math-related stuff. Make sure to subscribe, or check back frequently.

-Chris