I'm a math professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The purpose of this blog is to record interesting things I read, see, eat, hear, or otherwise encounter. My professional page is here. I wrote a novel called The Grasshopper King , which was published in 2003 by Coffee House Press.
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The good people of Penguin House have cleared me to post the table of contents of How Not To Be Wrong! And here it is: Introduction: When Am I Going To Use This? Part I: LINEARITY 1. Less Like Sweden 2. Straight Locally, Curved Globally 3. Everyone is Obese 4. How Much is That […]
Great open from Chris Hayes: Imagine you’re a scientist in some sci-fi alternate universe, and you’ve been charged with creating a boot camp that will reliably turn normal but ambitious people into broken sociopaths more or less willing to do anything. There are two main traits you’d want to cultivate in your recruits. The first […]
Another nice review of How Not To Be Wrong — starred, even — from Publishers Weekly: In this wry, accessible, and entertaining exploration of everyday math, Ellenberg, professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, shows readers how “knowing mathematics is like wearing a pair of X-ray specs” that reveal the hidden structure of […]
Lots of us are weird in big, noticeable ways, that’s for sure. But I was looking the other day at a series of photographs of people’s fridges and I realized, you know what’s weird about me? In a small, barely noticeable way? I don’t have any beer in my fridge. I never do. In fact, […]
This week’s Aunt Pythia column features Cathy O’Neil’s take on what questions online daters ought to have to answer in their profiles: How sexual are you? (super important question) How much fun are you? (people are surprisingly honest when asked this) How awesome do you smell? (might need to invent technology for this one) What bothers […]
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