Math in the News
The Wondrous Mathematics of Winter
Gregory Buck, professor at mathematics at Saint Anselm College, writes the winter companion of his “A Mathematician Goes to the Beach” article for The New Yorker.
The snow-covered world is an abstraction of the world that lies underneath: the details are smoothed over, the color is removed, all that is left is an essence of shape. These are the forms that one can work with. This is how the mathematician thinks. This is what she does, in her minds eye, to the world around her.