All posts by: HSJOM Staff

The Rules of Contagion: Mathematics of Epidemics

Understanding the Covid-19 epidemic and the hidden laws that govern how diseases spread A whisper. That’s how it always begins. Then, the whisper becomes a murmur, the murmur a rumor, and the rumor spreads like wildfire among family, friends, close ones, until it expands outside our inner circle and no... Read More

Mathematics of Gambling, Lottery, and Optimal Stopping Theory

Anthony Dee  While the study of mathematics has a wide variety of uses today, one of the earliest motives of mathematical study was to make a profit from gambling. Research in gambling led to the development of probability theory, one of the more popular disciplines of mathematics today. Probability theory... Read More

Katherine Johnson: Fighting Discrimination at NASA

Katherine Johnson was a NASA mathematician who was a trailblazer both in her field as well as in the fight against racial and gender discrimination. Her work was critical in the success of numerous seminal space missions.   Johnson’s journey with mathematics started in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where she... Read More

The Race Gap in Mathematics 

Over half a century since Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, America finds itself far more accepting of racial and ethnic differences than ever. It has become increasingly rare to hear of instances of explicit segregation or discrimination, and when those do unfortunately crop up, they are... Read More

Marcelo Aguiar Cornell Interview

1. Please describe your specific field of work and what it is that sparked your interest. Are there any other careers you have considered and what events have led to where you are today? I work in algebraic combinatorics, noncommutative algebra, and a bit of category theory. In recent years... Read More

Mitchell Feigenbaum

Mitchell J. Feigenbaum, a mathematician and physicist, died on June 30 at a hospital in Manhattan at the age of 74. Among his staggering achievements, he was the first to discover that many different physical systems follow a common “period doubling” path to chaos, thus pioneering the study of chaos... Read More

Math & Biology

In a recent study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, supporting evidence was found for the mathematics behind embryonic tissue folding. Embryonic tissue folding is the process of tissue forming that determines the shapes of most of our body’s inner workings. While scientists have been observing this phenomenon... Read More