Why do we need theoretical research in physics? What did it mean to be a young physicist in the Soviet Union? And finally, which characteristics should a good student of physics have? Dirac medalist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, Prof. Mikhail Shifman answers these questions and more for Math is in the Air. […]

## A quest for beauty and clear thinking...

John Baez is an American mathematical physicist, and a professor of mathematics at the University of California Riverside, and an activist for the environment. I have been in touch with him via email and through his online course on category theory. Recently, I had the pleasure to met him in person in London, during a […]

## Maths and Juggling

A mathematical language for juggling We have all seen, at least once in our life, a juggler tossing balls in the air. Why is that so impressing at our eyes? Despite having just two hands, any respectable juggler can juggle three balls at the same time. Considering for simplicity that one can handle one ball for each hand, how […]

## Creative Mathematics: An Application ...

By Maria Mannone PANGOLIN (Ground Pangolin, manis temminckii) A pangolin curled up in the defensive position: When the pangolin is frightened, it curls up, becoming a sort of armored ball that the predatory animals are not able to open, but easy to be caught by poachers. The pangolin is characterized by a strong scale […]

## Spaghetti Coder: Generative Art and ...

This post presents the interview with Mitjanit, the author of Spaghetti Coder a multimedia project started in January 2015 by creative coder Toni Mitjanit (@spaghetticoder77) in the area of Generative Art in order to explore new boundaries in audiovisual expression. It is focused on producing amazing graphics, fascinating sounds and interactive animations using creative coding. […]

## Parent-teacher conference with a math...

The only experience that is worse than the annual condo meeting or queuing up at the post office is, probably, the parent-teacher conference. It's an ordeal for the parents, forced to wait a long time. It's cause of panic for the students, who are afraid that their parents may be mad at them. But, I […]

## Euclidean distance and others: metric...

Short sum up... In a previous post we talked about Euclidean and other distances... In that post we introduced the definition of Euclidean, taxi driver and infinity distances. Almost anyone of you remembers the minimum distance, at the end of the post we explained that the minimum distance is not acceptable as a measure because it does not […]