The November Math Horizons features an exploration of Monte Carlo methods in climate science, part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 project. Readers will also be reunited with the amazing Pi-man as he battles aliens on the golden asteroid, and they will be taken to a virtual race track where they can test their ability to avoid catastrophe. —Stephen Abbott and Bruce Torrence
Volume 21, Issue 2
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Monte Carlo Methods in Climate Science
John C. Baez and David Tweed
Cutting-edge models based on casino-inspired mathematics may be what prevents us from gambling on the Earth’s future. (pdf)
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A Magic Trick Based on the Hamming Code
Impress your friends and family with some error-correcting sleight of hand.
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Fasten Your Seat Belt and Start Your Engine!
Charles R. Hadlock
First take a look at the mathematics under the hood of these virtual race cars—and then take them out for a spin.
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The Disgruntled Math Major: Boldly Going Where No Math Major Has Gone Before
Our occasionally ornery columnist isn’t afraid to take on the hard questions: Does .999… = 1? Is dy/dx a fraction? Is math the same on other planets?
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Pi-man and the Golden Asteroid
The deadly puzzles of fiendish aliens are no match for the sharp wits of our well-rounded, irrational hero.
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Divine Secrets of the Mathematical Sisterhood
The Summer Mathematics Program for Women at Carleton College offers much more to its participants than just a few challenging courses.
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The Day the Scientific Revolution Began
Four years before Copernicus rearranged the solar system, Gerolamo Cardano’s forward-looking approach to the problem of points set in motion a revolution in mathematical probability.
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Can a Pure Mathematician Really Dig Statistics?
A chance encounter with an archaeology colleague opens the author’s eyes to the depth and usefulness of another discipline—and her own.
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The Math Horizons problem section, edited by Derek Smith and Gary Gordon
AFTERMATH: Limits of Growth
The uninhibited proliferation of advanced placement classes is altering the educational landscape in high schools, and beyond.
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