Jordan Ellenberg

Jordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. His book How Not To Be Wrong is forthcoming. He blogs at Quomodocumque.

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?
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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.
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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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March 10 2005 7:27 AMDoes Gödel Matter?The romantic's favorite mathematician didn't prove what you think he did.
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Oct. 25 2004 3:59 PMGame Theory for SwingersWhat states should the candidates visit before Election Day?
Sports Nut
July 15 2004 5:20 PMIs Math a Sport?And what about target shooting, Skee-Ball, and standing on one foot?
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April 16 2003 2:28 PMLove by the NumbersCan a few differential equations describe the course of a marriage?
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July 2 2002 2:06 PMBlinded by ScienceExplaining the media's obsession with Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science.
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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.
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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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July 7 2005 6:48 AMSex and SignificanceHow the Heritage Foundation cooked the books on virginity.
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Oct. 29 2004 7:21 AMBuilding a Better World SeriesWhy the Fall Classic isn't the best way to find the best team in baseball.
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Oct. 11 2004 1:29 PMVote!Why your ballot isn't as meaningless as you think.
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May 16 2003 10:39 AMIs Math a Young Man's Game?No. Not every mathematician is washed up at 30.
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Oct. 2 2002 10:38 AMDon't Worry About Grade InflationWhy it doesn't matter that professors give out so many A's.
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Dec. 26 2001 10:57 AMGrowing ApartThe mathematical evidence for Congress' growing polarization.

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