So do you prefer to spell his name as l'HΓ΄pital or l'Hospital?

Apparently the latter is the older spelling that he himself used, and it's more convenient to type out, but I think it's more likely to get muddled as "le hospital" in pronunciation

I'm a bit biased to the former because you don't get to write out Γ΄ with the circumflex that often :P

The new @numberphile video, where James Grime (1) claims to be my friend, and (2) shows off http://somethingorotherwhatever.com/sum-of-3-palindromes/, is online!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKhacWQ2fCs

Today our lecturer teased part of a #maths #proof that he cheekily called "proof by procrastination"

"Basically, for decisions that have multiple valid options, we put them off; for 'urgent' decisions that have only a single valid choice, we settle them immediately; and we'll find that by procrastinating through our problems everything would have sorted itself out!"

(Roughly paraphrased)

#SetTheory adventures: attempting to define β with the help of successors, extenders, approximations, and the collection of all sets. So far have laid down what < and β€ mean. Will move on to + and β soon.

In these past few weeks I guess I kinda get how some pure #maths undergrads get hooked on constructing and extending mathematical structures

Randomly discovered that #Nigeria #TV has a #mathematics quiz show called Cowbellpedia for secondary #school students. Seems to have started in 2016? Named after the sponsor Cowbell, a milk brand that I believe has been advocating for improving #maths #education for years already.

Not exactly as shiny/polished as other similar quiz shows you might see in US/UK/AU, but it's a pretty good way to bring #math to the forefront in the country.

LaTeX support on #Tusky would make mathstodon.xyz way more fun to read!

You know how we may represent iterated \(\cup\) with \(\bigcup_{i\in I}\) and \(\cap\) with \(\bigcap_{i\in I}\)?

How come we didn't adopt e.g.\(+_{i\in I}\) and \(\times_{i\in I}\) for sums and Cartesian products?

Remember when Cheryl's Birthday Problem exploded on the Internet? Was kinda fun watching people of all proficiency levels trying to dissect the #logic #puzzle from a #Singapore #Maths Olympiad, and also showed the issue of ambiguity when using informal language to describe logical statements.

Kinda wish we get to see another neat maths problem go viral and get everyone really passionate... but we'd probably just get more debates at the caliber of That Dress and Yanny-Laurel π€·ββοΈ

Random thought: I wonder if anyone has tried applying deep learning on mahjong

I think two common notions often touted in order to attract newcomers to #maths is that 1) it's extremely useful/applicable, or 2) it's beautiful (insert spirals and fractals and pretty plots).

But when doing assignments or reading through materials, the most frequent ideas in my head run along the lines of "that's pretty clever" or "that's strangely counterintuitive but not wrong". You could argue that this is itself a facet of "maths' beauty", I guess?

So far first impressions of IBM SPSS is that there are too many gosh darn buttons and menus to navigate through to do most things

Or maybe I'm too used to "down and dirty" scripting already

\[\sum_{n=0}^{9} (90 + n)\]

This pretty much sums up the 90s

So I guess my final year project will basically involve my group digesting this book on #montecarlo simulation applied to finance, and implementing the techniques in #matlab

I say "basically" but I imagine a lot of future head splitting from comprehending the arcane mix of concepts from maths and finance, and attempting to wrangle code to conform to mathematical expectations

Currently our #settheory lectures have reached the point of formally introducing the axiom of choice. So far the lecturer has been incrementally throwing us deliberately obtuse examples to get us used to navigating the notation and structures (like functions on functions on functions on functions). Think my earlier exposure to computer programming has helped make this less confusing at this stage at least.

So after asking around here, and hearing recent developments around the language, I'm tempted to give Julia a whirl. While my upcoming coding projects are unfortunately fixed in the language to use, maybe for fun I could do equivalent implementations in Julia on the side.

Also that's supposed to be SAS and not SASS, which is totally different

So far in my uni courses I've been exposed to #Python, #Matlab, and a bit of C; currently going through the fires of SASS and R.

Any other #programming languages you think would be useful for me to pick up on the side as an applied maths major? Or maybe some specific packages worth exploring? (I've dabbled with some scikit at least)

So it turns out that you *can* bend and break a spaghetti noodle (Spaghetto?) in two fragments, with a literal twist: https://m.phys.org/news/2018-08-mathematicians-age-old-spaghetti-mystery.html

Second module of this semester's gonna be all about #settheory. Not actually required as part of my major, but I'm curious enough.

Correction: looks like the Splus might be a typo, and R is really covered after all. Otherwise it'll seem strange to abandon quite a well-used piece of freeware...