math

All Things Considered
1:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Granite Geek: The Math That Made M.C. Escher-Mania Run Wild

How big of a deal is M.C. Escher? His work shows up on posters, calendars, comics and this dude's back.
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M.C. Escher has been all over Manchester lately (or, at least, his work has been). The Currier Museum of Art has been featuring Escher in an exhibit that runs through January 5th.

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NH News
10:08 am
Wed September 17, 2014

UNH Math Professor Receives 2014 MacArthur 'Genius' Award After Prime Number Discovery

: University of New Hampshire professor of mathematics Yitang “Tom” Zhang is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.
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He says he may just give the $625,000 award to his wife.  

Yitang Zhang, a professor of analytic number theory at the University of New Hampshire, is one of 21 artists, scholars and professionals  to receive a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant this year.  

Zhang rose to celebrity unexpectedly last year after discovering a finite bound on the gaps between prime numbers. The discovery is a major breakthrough on a subject that has bedeviled mathematicians since ancient times.

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Word of Mouth
1:55 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female Viagra

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Over the past 25 years, the percentage of people with no religious affiliation has more than doubled, at the same time, the internet has been widely embraced. Coincidence? Today on Word of Mouth: does the internet spell the fall of religion? Or is it more of a correlation than a cause? Plus, we peruse the new release section of the bookstore and notice a trend, Catastrophe 1914, 1914: History in an Hour, 1914: Fight the Good Fight. A look into the downside of treating years as celebrities.

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A Matter Of Degrees
1:56 am
Thu May 8, 2014

How STEM Became The 'Buzzword Of The Decade' [VIDEO]

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If it seems like, these days, everyone is talking about STEM - that now common acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs - it's because they are.

In this animated two-way, we take a look at what the push for STEM means for the state - from our public university system, to the State House, and through the business community - and for students.

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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence

What are the chances we would all look so good in our selfies?
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We’ve all heard it all before:  Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. That was a one in a million shot! It’s a miracle! But is there any truth behind these sayings?

Today on Word of Mouth: improbability…it’s more common than you think.

Plus, Ellen’s star-studded Oscar selfie has been retweeted over three million times, setting a new record for twitter shares. Ellen may have posted it, but Bradley Cooper snapped the photo. We’re going to look into who exactly owns the rights to the now iconic pic.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Naked Statistics (Rebroadcast)

Statistics without the struggle: In a new book, Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelan explains how to make sense of the proliferation of data in this digital age, a task he calls “fascinating” and even “fun”! Wheelan also points out the pitfalls, how research can be skewed by biased parties. We’ll study up on the state of statistics.

Guest:

  • Charles Wheelan - Professor at Dartmouth College, author of the international best-seller Naked Economics and the new Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
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Word of Mouth
11:23 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Five Great Moments In Math...In Movies

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The huge breakthrough in math that came from the brain of a relative unknown in mathematics got us thinking about the way math genius has been portrayed in pop culture.

It didn't take a genius to come up with this prime number...our top five moments in math...in movies.

5. Little Man Tate upstages the "mathemagician," proving that a child prodigy can, sadly, be over the genius hill.

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Word of Mouth
10:25 am
Tue May 28, 2013

UNH Mathematician Stuns The Math Elite

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Yitang Zhang has been lecturing in the Department of Mathematics at UNH for the past decade. And for the past three years, in between lesson plans and lectures, he’s been trying to solve one of the math world’s most vexing mysteries: the twin prime conjecture. Two weeks ago, his hard work paid off. Here to discuss the proof and what it might mean for us is Jordan Ellenberg, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. He wrote about professor Zhang’s meteoric rise to math celebrity for slate.com.

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Word of Mouth
10:54 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Getting Smarter About Statistics

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Math has had a good run. Its virtues were extolled during the presidential debates and in endless news stories calculated fiscal scenarios.  New York Times blogger Nate Silver was pilloried by math, then vindicated. Still, mathematics and the data-driven statistics that guide decisions from Wall Street to the dugout to your insurance rates are woefully misunderstood.

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The Exchange
8:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Solving Our Math Problems

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The latest round of international testing shows mediocre results for American students, compared with many other countries.  Meanwhile, states including New Hampshire are adopting a more rigorous approach, and the Granite State is also considering more math coursework in high school. We’ll explore what’s in store for math students.

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