Good Mathematicians Use Counting Rods

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In my previous posts on The Crest of the Peacock by George Gheverghese Joseph, I summarized the mathematical developments of several pre-Colombian American cultures and of the Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures.

In the case of the former, it was clear that the math that developed there did so in isolation. In the case of the latter, we can trace clear connections with the West. China, where the book next turns its focus, is more ambiguous.

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From Egyptian Frustums to Babylonian Sexagesimal

Before diving into the mathematics of the ancient Egyptians, here’s an important question: Were they African? Let’s check a map:

egypt in africa

Ah, OK.

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When Clyde Died

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A year ago today, my grandpa died. I wrote this essay shortly after, while the memory of his life and the experience of observing his death were still fresh in mind.

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Math Before Math Was Math

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For many people, the basic story of the history of mathematics is that Greeks came up with a bunch of cool stuff, it was forgotten for a long time, and then Europeans rediscovered Greek knowledge and ran with it from the Renaissance onward. But maybe that’s not exactly right.

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The Books I Read in 2018

I only finished a handful of books this year. I’ve listed them below, along with a few thoughts that I took away. There were also a few children’s books that stuck out to me, and so I’ve listed those, too.

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Where Our Donations Went in 2018

I know it seems arrogant to tell other people about your own charity. Not only am I bragging about having a few extra dollars to give away, but I’m even more superior because I’m using it to feed the hungry! Or cure malaria! Or whatever! For a couple reasons, though, this is a risk I’m willing to take.

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Class Report: Linear Algebra (MTH 261)

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In addition to the two computer science courses I took at Oregon State this term, I also took Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post will serve as a short (or not so short) summary of what I learned, what I liked, and how I think the course could be improved.

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Class Report: Software Engineering II (CS 362)

This term I took three courses: Operating Systems and Software Engineering II at Oregon State, and Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post summarizes my experience with Software Engineering II, and offers some advice for people taking the class in the future.

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Class Report: Operating Systems (CS 344)

This term I took three courses: Operating Systems and Software Engineering II at Oregon State, and Linear Algebra at Portland Community College. This post summarizes my experience with Operating Systems, and offers some advice for people taking the class in the future.

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Is Oregon State's Post-Bacc Computer Science Program Worth It?

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Every once in a while, people email me to ask whether Oregon State’s post-baccalaureate computer science program is worth it. Now that I’m nearing the end (I’ll graduate at the end of winter term), I feel like I can provide an answer. This post will serve as a long-form explanation of my answer, which is yes (with some caveats).

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