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"All in all, chess is a game of mental and creative domination. You create a certain agenda (one that embraces the imbalances) and you do your best to force your opponent to drink your Kool-Aid (i.e., to accept your vision of what’s going on, thereby making your opponent follow your lead even though he is probably not aware of doing so).

"There WILL be many, many moments where you can cave in to your opponent’s demands or threats or his overall vision. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to kick all of that to the curb and win the battle of wills."

- Jeremy Silman
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Mathematics is an increasingly central part of...
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Nothing has more of a negative impact on my workday than forgetting my headphones. Like most people, music is a huge part of my life. I listen to the most music while I work, sifting through playlists, on what seems like a never-ending search for the perfect tunes to keep me in the zone.
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The more I learn about continued fractions, the more enamored I am with them. Last week, when I wrote about how much better continued fractions are than the arbitrary decimal digits we usually use to describe numbers, I mentioned that continued fractions tell us the "best approximations" of irrational numbers.
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Earlier this year Italian neuroscientist Sergio Canavero shocked the world when he announced he would perform the world’s first human head transplant. This week Canavero announced the procedure is scheduled for December 2017, and he has recruited a head surgeon (pun intended) to lead the controversial procedure.
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Laurent Schwartz:

"I was always deeply uncertain about my own intellectual capacity; I thought I was unintelligent. And it is true that I was, and still am, rather slow. I need time to seize things because I always need to understand them fully. Towards the end of the eleventh grade, I secretly thought of myself as stupid. I worried about this for a long time.

"I’m still just as slow.... At the end of the eleventh grade, I took the measure of the situation, and came to the conclusion that rapidity doesn’t have a precise relation to intelligence. What is important is to deeply understand things and their relations to each other. This is where intelligence lies. The fact of being quick or slow isn't really relevant."
The subject focuses less on learning and more on performance.
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The Department of Mathematics at the University of Central Florida invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in applied probability beginning Fall 2016. See the link for details.
Assistant Professor, Applied Probability. Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening. To apply for the position, please click the Apply for this Job link/button.
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Feeling pressure to appear swamped at work? You're not alone.
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Despite the recent press in the U.K., there is no evidence that Alzheimer's is something that can be passed along through blood transfusions or surgery.
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Apparently, these old guys are called "geri-action" heroes.
The average age of action-film heroes is now 48; further proof that society sees older men in a much flattering light, says Tom Fordy
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  • University of Washington
    PhD in Mathematics
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Mathematician
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  • University of Central Florida
    Prof. of Mathematics, 2007 - present
  • University of Wisconsin Press
    VIGRE Van Vleck Assistant Professor, 2004 - 2007