Does gold tarnish? The golden spiral and nautilus shells.

I jotted down notes all summer in preparation for an entertaining article that I hoped to write for an undergraduate journal like Mathematics Magazine, College Mathematics Journal, The Mathematical Intelligencer, etc.  It had the working title “Mythematics.”  The idea would be to state several famous mathematical myths and either debunk them or argue for their veracity…

Student podcasts in a history of mathematics course

I would like to take this opportunity to showcase some of my students’ work from last year.  I taught a class called “Great Theorems and Ideas in Mathematics.”  It was an upper-level history of mathematics course with a focus on some of mathematics’ greatest theorems.  I used William Dunham‘s Journey Through Genius for a good…