Welcome to the Math Scholar blog

Readers are welcome to the Math Scholar blog.

For over 7 years, mathematicians David H. Bailey and Jonathan M. Borwein have published essays, new items, quotations and book reviews (236 posts in total). Our posts have included:

  1. Notices of new mathematical discoveries: see Sphere packing problem solved in 8 and 24 dimensions and Unexpected pattern found in prime number digits.
  2. Descriptions of new developments in the larger arena of modern science: see Space exploration: The future is now and Gravitational waves detected, as predicted by Einstein’s mathematics.
  3. Discussions of scientific controversies: see How likely is it that scientists are engaged in a conspiracy? and Why E.O. Wilson is wrong.
  4. Fermi’s paradox: see Where is ET? Fermi’s paradox turns 65 and Desperately seeking ET: Fermi’s paradox turns 65, Part II.
  5. Artificial intelligence: see IBM’s “Watson” victorious: Our new computer overlords? and What does Watson’s victory really mean?.
  6. Creationism: see How certain are scientists that the earth is many millions of years old? and Are there “missing links” in the human family tree?.
  7. Pi: see Pi Day 2016 and More mathematics (and Pi) in the media.

Sadly, Jonathan Borwein passed away on 2 August 2016. As I wrote the day of his passing,

Jon’s passing is an incalculable loss to the field of mathematics in general, and to experimental mathematics in particular. Jon is arguably the world’s leading researcher in the field of experimental mathematics, and his loss will be very deeply felt. We will be reading his papers and following his example for decades to come.

In the wake of Jon’s passing, it seems appropriate to end the Math Drudge blog. Thus no new posts will be made to that site.

Readers are instead are welcome here to the new Math Scholar blog. In this forum, myself and some other guest writers will explore many of the same themes mentioned above, as well as some new topics that emerge in our ever-changing world.

Comments are welcome. Please contact the present author.

David H. Bailey

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