Jordan Ellenberg

Jordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin and the author of How Not to Be Wrong. He blogs at Quomodocumque.

Do The Math
Nov. 3 2014 4:25 PMForecasting the ForecasterHow many states Nate Silver is going to get wrong, according to Nate Silver.
Do The Math
July 17 2014 10:22 AMMo Money Mo MilesUnited Airlines’ new frequent flier scheme creates a perverse incentive for business travelers.
How Not to Be Wrong
June 13 2014 4:41 PMThe Author of How Not to Be Wrong Explains How He Was Wrong
How Not to Be Wrong
June 9 2014 12:10 PMWhat’s Even Creepier Than Target Guessing That You’re Pregnant?
How Not to Be Wrong
June 5 2014 8:32 AMHow to Lie With Negative Numbers
How Not to Be Wrong
June 3 2014 2:26 PMStephen Colbert Thinks “Number Sentences” Are Silly. They’re Not.
Do The Math
Aug. 2 2013 12:27 PMThe Case of the Missing ZeroesAn astonishing act of statistical chutzpah in the Indiana schools’ grade-changing scandal.
Technology
June 5 2013 4:57 PMDoubt and the Double HelixIf police find a DNA “match,” that doesn’t mean they have the right suspect.
Five-Ring Circus
Aug. 3 2012 12:59 PMLosing Is for Losers: How To Reformat Olympic Tournaments So Teams Won't Be Rewarded for Tanking
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March 23 2012 9:00 AMSix Degrees of InnovationWhat Broadway musicals tell us about creativity.
Recycled
July 2 2010 2:07 PMBrutally Hard Math Is Its Own RewardRussian mathematician Grigory Perelmanturned down $1 million for proving the Poincaré conjecture. What's that?
Medical Examiner
May 14 2009 12:20 PMInfluenza Body CountThe math behind estimating seasonal flu deaths.
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Oct. 2 2008 1:20 PMWe're Down $700 Billion. Let's Go Double or Nothing!How the financial markets fell for a 400-year-old sucker bet.
Sports Nut
May 15 2007 12:37 PMDismal Rocket ScienceCrunch the numbers: Roger Clemens might be worth every penny.
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Aug. 18 2006 11:59 AMWho Cares About Poincaré?Million-dollar math problem solved. So what?
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Aug. 13 2014 5:12 PMMath Is Getting DynamicThe first woman to win math’s biggest prize works in a young and exciting field.
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June 30 2014 6:22 PMMaking (a Huge Number of) Facebook Users (Very Slightly) SadderHow multiplying very tiny effects by gigantic numbers strains our quantitative intuition.
How Not to Be Wrong
June 11 2014 3:29 PMHow Can Rich People Vote Republican and Rich States Vote for Democrats?
How Not to Be Wrong
June 6 2014 11:55 AMDoes 0.999… = 1? And Are Divergent Series the Invention of the Devil?
How Not to Be Wrong
June 3 2014 10:13 PMWhy Are Handsome Men Such Jerks?
Sports Nut
Oct. 21 2013 3:20 PMWhy Kids Love BaseballYou may think it’s slow and boring, but my 8-year-old son knows it’s perfect.
Technology
June 7 2013 1:34 PMPRISM’s “Two Hops”NSA agents are trained to target friends of friends. How many friends of friends do you have?
Do The Math
May 22 2013 4:44 PMThe Beauty of Bounded GapsA huge discovery about prime numbers—and what it means for the future of math.
Five-ring Circus
July 31 2012 7:30 AMDown With the Perfect 10!A mathematician explains the genius of the new gymnastics scoring system.
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Jan. 5 2011 6:32 AMThe Mathematics of NarcissismThe common statistical thread between psychiatric diagnosis and grad school rankings.
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June 17 2009 10:46 AMGuilt by CalculationIt takes more than an Excel sheet to prove the Iranian election was fixed.
Recycled
Oct. 31 2008 7:09 AMVote!Why your ballot isn't as meaningless as you think.
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Aug. 13 2007 6:09 PMMean GirlsThe New York Times slips up on sexual math.
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Sept. 19 2006 1:17 PMWill the Democrats Flip the House?Slate's mathematician on the odds of a Democratic victory.
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July 24 2006 12:29 PMProportionate ResponseDoes one Israeli really equal 47 Americans?

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