Benoit Mandelbrot, Beauty and Finance

Is there anything that shouts “mathematical beauty!” quite like fractals? Fractals are a core pillar of how mathematicians and educators sell math to the public. That makes sense — they really are beautiful in a way that is both visual and intellectually pleasing. In fact, just a few hours ago I showed this image to […]

Is this OK?

Is it OK to abstract away all the history (and suicide) for the sake of a good puzzle? Forget for a second whether or not this particular video is ok. (I wouldn’t show it to my students; you never knows what someone is dealing with.) But doesn’t this say something about mathematical culture? What are […]