MATH CLUB!! MATH CLUB!! MATH CLUB!!
Please join Dr. Catherine Hall in the first organizational meeting of the Math Club. All are welcome, math majors, math minors, math lovers and pizza lovers. Oh yeah, there’s free pizza!
When: Wednesday, October 1st, 5:15 pm
Where: PHSC 1105 (Physical Sciences, 11th floor, Room 1105)
Why: Free Pizza! Cool math! Nice people!!
After an entirely undeserved summer break, the OU Math Club blog is back, baby!
We have many things to tell you in the coming days and months. Here is one juicy mathematical tidbit from over the summer:
In our last post eons ago, we talked about the Twin Primes Conjecture. Remember, this is the conjecture that there are infinitely many pairs of primes which are at most two apart. And we talked about Dr. Yitang Zhang’s amazing breakthrough which showed that there infinitely many primes which are at most 70,000,000 apart. Which sounds a long ways from 2, but since there was no bound whatsoever before Dr. Zhang, it’s a heck of an improvement.
Over the summer people have been busily making improvements and shaving inefficiencies off of Dr. Zhang’s calculations, and the current world record is that there are infinitely many pairs of primes which are 5,414 (and maybe even 4,680) apart!
Below is the latest stats from the OU Math Club visitor counter. Check out them apples!
That’s right! 200,402 visitors and counting! Almost amazing is the wide range of places people come from. Of course Oklahoma is well represented, but so is pretty much every other country on the face of the Earth:
For reasons we will never fathom here at Blog HQ, OU starts classes while it is still summer outside. Well, at least it’s not still 113 degrees!
Welcome back everybody!
And from xkcd to those of you who’ve been using oZONE lately:
Hopefully yours was as interesting as Charlotte’s First Day.
If you are early in the OU math program, you may have had a grad student TA or grader for one of your courses. If you’re late in the program, you might have even had a class with some of them in a slash listed course. Either way, you probably noticed OU grad students in the math department.
Bart! Don’t Make Fun of Grad Students!
What you might not know is that they have lots of activities going on which might interest you. They are a cool bunch of people to hang out with and you are always welcome to join in on any which sound interesting.
First, they have a blog (here and the link on the left side of our blog) where they talk about all their activities.
Second, they have a weekly Graduate Student Seminar (aka the Pizza Seminar) on Mondays where they eat pizza and have a cool math talk. These are talks at a higher level then the usual Math Club talks, but still meant to be accessible to all grad students regardless of background. So if you’re an upper level undergrad, you should definitely be checking them out. Plus you get Pizza! The Seminar schedule is here.
Third, if you want even more math, and know you’re interested in, say, algebra, then the grad students also run student seminars in all the major areas of math at OU. You can see the schedules for those listed here on the MGSA page.
Fourth, if you’re feeling a little peckish on Tuesday afternoon, you can always stop by for cookies and tea/coffee at the Tuesday Tea organized by the grad students. All are welcome! It’s a relaxed atmosphere where people hang out and have a snack. You should bring a friend and check it out.