This weekend was really mathematical for me! I went to Canadian Mathematical Society Annual Winter Meeting! This year it was held in Niagara falls. We didn’t get to see the falls and the fire alarm nearly chased us out of the conference halls, but overall the trip was incredibly productive and fun. I also met … More Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting 2016 – Niagara!
The lines between the ‘body’and the ‘image’ of knowledge can blur. One of such ‘grey’ area is education. … More Pedagogy -Balancing on the Border of the ‘Image’ and the ‘Body’ of Knowledge
I always get an extra boost of creativity, motivation and productivity in my graduate research after periods of teaching. I’ve been working at different math summer camps for the last few weeks, and the experience was tiring and challenging at times. However, after the camps were finished I noticed that some ideas related to my … More A ‘quirk’ that Dedekind, Mendeleev and Hilbert had in common 🙂
I was honored to be one of the speakers at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics held with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Once again, I was speaking of various regional differences in the Soviet mathematics education. The comments from the attendees were … More Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014
On May 3rd and 4th York University hosted the Localities conference. See the following link for the program that was offered http://yorkustsgradconference2014.wordpress.com/program/ I was honored to be one of the speakers. I was speaking of regional differences in mathematics and science education of the Soviet Students. This was a new talk that I have recently prepared and … More Localities – Graduate Student Conference at York University
This week I am participating in a “Sources in History of Mathematics” program in Marseilles, France Here are some non-academic remarks: —A bank representative asked me if Marseilles is in the USA…. not even sure how to comment on that. —Airport shuttle bus signs in Marseilles duplicate all the information in Arabic and English —I … More Marseilles, France: Academic Travel Edition of Collected Curiosities
My mom’s thesis adviser wanted each student to have a research log book. Weekly research goals needed to be designed and recorded by each student. If the student failed to reach his own goals, the adviser would simply say: “I did not force you to put that goal down. If you were not able to … More The toughest thesis advisors
There is no Nobel Prize in mathematics— [Many of you are now recalling the famous story about Alfred Nobel’s conflict with Gosta Mittag-Leffler over a woman. Sorry to disappoint you, but there is no historical evidence for that. More details can be found on the website of the University of Waterloo https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~alopez-o/math-faq/node50.html] — However, The Fields … More Fields Medal Symposium in Toronto – done!
Russian society, before and after the Revolution of 1917, revered scientists and engineers whose expertise was utilized to increase the country’s industrial and military might. The presence of numerous literary works influenced by the method of socialist realism, where engineers are represented as primary and secondary characters, illustrated society’s interest in the personal and professional … More Engineers on the pages of Russian socialist realist novels of 1910 – 1960
“What does a usual work day of a mathematician look like?” (grade 8 student) “Unlike writers and novelists, mathematicians do not even publish their work too often. What do they do all day?” (grade 9 student) “What do professors do when they are not teaching undergraduate courses?” (grade 11 student) “How do researchers manage their … More Work day of a mathematician
This is my work desk. A usual desk of a grad school student. Do you think that in grad school we get paid to read interesting books? Sometimes we do. We like some books more than others, but the most important part of grad school is to convince yourself that something that you must … More That day when I completed my coursework
This is what seemed super-exciting to me nearly a year ago. To be honest, I still think it is exciting (go ahead and call me a nerd :):) ) first posted at https://math.escalator.utoronto.ca/home/blog/category/the-life-of-a-math-student/page/2/ My final year as an undergraduate at U of T was full of exciting academic events. I went to numerous Fields Undergraduate … More First course in history of math and other exciting events of 2012
As a student of the Concurrent Teacher Education Program I knew that eventually I will need to have two teachable subjects. Despite of all difficulties I really enjoyed my math classes and I did not even think of studying anything else. By the end of the second year I had a lot of math courses … More “You study math and what…???” – How math and history majors merged into one
This post was written a little over a year ago (in 2012) and was posted first at https://math.escalator.utoronto.ca/home/blog/mariya-week1/ This is how I ended up in a PhD program for History of Mathematics My name is Mariya. I have just graduated from UofT majoring in Mathematics, History and Eduation (Concurrent Teacher Education Program). I was … More How I ended up in Grad School
This is my first attempt to give an overview of math curriculum reforms in the US and the USSR during the Cold War period. Andrey Kolmogorov’s Mathematical Education Reform in the USSR versus the “New Mathematics” Movement in the US during the 1950s, 1960s and beyond: The Analysis of the Legacies of the Two Reforms. By … More The “New Math” Movement in the U.S. vs Kolmogorov’s Math Curriculum Reform in the U.S.S.R.