I am very pleased and honored to be the new editor of Math Horizons. In the February issue, Steven Strogatz talks to Patrick Honner about teaching, writing, and mathematics; Heidi Hulsizer uses linear algebra and modular arithmetic to beat a popular shoot-'em-up video game; James Hamblin and Doug McInvale use data to analyze a controversial decision by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI; and Erik Tou writes about the mathematics of juggling. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I enjoyed putting it together. —David Richeson, editor
Volume 21, Issue 3
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Erik R. Tou
Generate interesting juggling patterns using mathematics.
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Mathematician and author Steven Strogatz talks about writing, teaching, Twitter, and what makes mathematics great in this interview by Patrick Honner. (pdf)
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A shoot-’em-up video game contains an Easter egg that can be solved using linear algebra and modular arithmetic.
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This student initially struggles with, but is eventually inspired by, his inquiry-based learning class.
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A mathematician, a physicist, an engineer, a computer scientist, and an economist tackle the tricky mathematical problem of determining how much to tip the waiter.
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Dan Kalman and Stacy Langton
A clever algorithm involving a derivative and polynomial long division generates the sums of the powers of the roots of a polynomial.
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review by Jim Wiseman
Simon Singh writes about the hidden mathematical nuggets in The Simpsons.
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review by Darren Glass
Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez write about the dangers of misusing mathematics and statistics in the courtroom.
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James Hamblin and Doug McInvale
The New England Patriots let the New York Giants score a touchdown. Was this the right call?
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The Math Horizons problem section, edited by Gary Gordon
Steven Strogatz discusses the current state of mathematics education in this interview with Patrick Honner.
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