Category Archives: History

Tree of Life

The only illustration in the Origin of Species is the following sketch of the tree of life by Charles Darwin: More recent tree of life is given by On this tree all multi-cellular organisms are a tiny branch in the … Continue reading

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Smale’s horseshoe

Smale’s horseshoe, one of absolutely central notions of the modern theory of dynamical systems, was invented by Stephen Smale in 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, while Dr. Smale was receiving support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United … Continue reading

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I will talk about Smale’s horseshoe this Friday at our regular Math Club. My presentation at the AMS sectional meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 17, 2016, Special Session on Topological and Smooth Dynamics, IV, Room 308, Minard Hall, for 2:30pm (the last talk). … Continue reading

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Something about rigor in mathematics

A very interesting account of Oliver Heaviside work. Link.

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History of solving PDE

A nice review with a lot of interesting details: Partial Differential Equations in the 20th Century by Brezis and Browder

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Beyond Mendel: modeling in biology

Modeling has a long and distinguished history in biology, and is becoming increasingly important as the growing availability of enormous datasets challenges the ability of biologists to extract understanding from knowledge [1]. The construction of models for biological systems is … Continue reading

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Human Evolution in Scientific American

The latest issue of Scientific American is specially devoted to the human evolution. A lot of interesting articles. Link

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Univalent Foundations

A very interesting presentation by Vladimir Voevodsky: slides It is extremely difficult to accept that mathematics is in need of a completely new foundation. Even many of the people who are directly connected with the advances in Homotopy Type Theory … Continue reading

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Recommendation letters for Einstein

From here: From Henri Poincaré: Nov. 1911 My dear colleague, Mr Einstein is one of the most original thinkers I have ever met. In spite of his youth, he has already achieved a very honourable place among the leading savants … Continue reading

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