Josh Laison
Math 130: Contemporary Mathematics


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Course Procedures

Daily Problems

Web Links:
The Mathematics Subject Classification from the American Mathematical Society
Zarankiewicz's Conjecture about crossing numbers of graphs
The Orchard Planting Problem
A paper about Frobenius numbers
The Fibonacci Association and Fibonacci Quarterly
The Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
wolframalpha, the online computation engine
Vi Hart's videos on Fibonacci numbers, part 1, part 2, and part 3.
The AKS Primality test
The largest known prime number, from the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search.
   (warning, the prime is 16 megs!)
The Prime Number Theorem
The Clay Millenium Problems
Platonic solid inscribings
The regular polychora
Flatland
Stephen Colbert on topology
Mobius bands in biology, industry, knitting, ...
A neat topology trick
Minesweeper on a torus
Torus and Klein bottle games
Klein bottle video
Cyclist on a Klein bottle video
Projective plane video
Buy a Klein bottle here, and impress people at parties.
A 1-D Cellular Automaton Java applet.
Play the game of life here, here, and here.
The last link has some incredible examples of initial patterns, such as this, this, this, this, this, and this.
A fractal generator.
Another fractal generator.
Fractal images: Koch snowflake, Sierpinski triangle, Barnsley's fern, Menger sponge
The Chaos Game
Examples of Julia sets
Movies of different Julia sets and zooming into a Julia set and again
Mandelbrot set song
Mandelbrot set and Julia set investigator, and some Mandelbrot movies, and more movies.
A neat discussion of geodesics.
A globe applet