On a random note, I found this bottled iced #tea that I guess you pronounce as "Cha Pi" (茶\(\pi\)).

It's sweet red tea with rose + lychee (maybe a little too sweet). I've no idea what \(\pi\)) has got to do with it.

The more I study maths, the more it feels like the state of "being a mathematician" is an ideal but unattainable limit point, and one can only hope to enter a sufficiently small local neighbourhood around this point

I've heard anecdotes of people who've done PhDs in maths and *still* wouldn't feel comfortable enough calling themselves "mathematicians"

Didn't know until now that MIT has an annual Integration Bee, which as you might guess is like a spelling bee but you're solving fiendish integrals instead of spelling words.

Also the winner - the Grand Integrator - gets a wizard hat 🧙♂️

" #Math for All: Building a Thinking Society": a #talk by Po-Shen Loh during Festival of Learning 2019 @ MIT

Two core points: the motivation behind his founding of Expii, tapping on #technology to provide #education to today's youth; and getting students interested in #learning in the first place

"Katherine Johnson, the "human computer" whose work was depicted in the 2016 film "Hidden Figures," was recognized on Friday as the agency renamed a building after the pioneer.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration redesignated a building that houses programs essential to safety on space missions in the 100-year old #mathematician's native West Virginia as the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility."

Oxford Mathematics, for the first time ever, has streamed a student lecture live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDNDiLr_AnQ

I'm not sure what the novelty of broadcasting the lecture live is: the channel already puts up recordings, and it's not like the lecturer actively responds to online viewers anyway

The National #University of #Singapore is holding another edition of the NUS #Arts Festival, but this time it's mathematically themed to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Department of #Mathematics.

Don't think many festivals here have tried this fusion of #maths + arts, if at all.

A neat #logic homework question that I did and you could take a stab:

Let C be the set of all well-formed formulae whose atoms appear exactly once, and do not contain the constants {0,1}. Prove that C contains neither tautologies nor antitautologies.

Never mind, turns out someone already found out a while ago

https://www.reddit.com/r/matheducation/comments/a51y3c

Also highlights the frustrating quirk of overloading symbols with multiple meanings in mathematics

Just for fun, anyone wanna take a stab at this cryptic message? https://www.reddit.com/r/learnmath/comments/aqe3qe/math_teachers_wall_covered_in_math_symbols/

I suspect a lot of local conventions + liberal interpretations are involved but I'm kinda curious

"Clark, assistant professor of #educational #psychology, is using functional MRI technology to capture brain activity while children learn #mathematics. Housed at the Nebraska Center for Children, Youth, Families and Schools, the project is exploring the relationship between children's mathematics #learning and executive function – the ability to maintain focus and behave in a goal-oriented way."

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-02-factoring-children-mathematics.html

Some #LunarNewYear related stuff:

Most people might have heard of the 12 Zodiac animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, ...) determined by your lunar year of birth. In fact they are just the "earthly branches" (支). There are also the 10 "heavenly stems" (干), alternating between Yang & Yin, then cycling through Wood→Fire→Earth→Metal→Water, e.g. Yang Wood→Yin Wood→Yang Fire→Yin Fire→etc. So the stem-and-branch pairing - the two cycles running concurrently - gives a sexagenary cycle (干支).