Two mathematicians, Will Sawin of Columbia University and Mark Shusterman of University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently posted a proof of a version of one of the most famous open problems in mathematics. The result opens a new front …

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## Jordan Ellenberg Elected A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell

Jordan Ellenberg joins a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, another bestselling author and a leader in global sustainable agriculture are among six newly elected Andrew Dickson White Professors-at-Large at Cornell. The professors-at-large program at Cornell sponsors up …

## Jordan Ellenberg’s Hawking Index predicts book unreadability

In The Guardian, Jordan Ellenberg explains his own way of calculating a book’s unreadability, which he dubbed the Hawking Index. Ellenberg looked at the sections that readers have highlighted on Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, and infers …

## Math alumnus named University of Denver Chancellor

The University of Denver has chosen Jeremy Haefner as its 19th chancellor. Haefner, who earned a master’s degree and PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983 and 1986, respectively, joined the University of …

## Nan Chen works on model for predicting Indian Monsoons

New research from an NYU/Abu Dhabi team has found that temperatures in the Atlantic are having a growing effect on the Indian monsoon, something that could prove crucial in predicting how severe rains are likely …

## Swimming microbes steer themselves into mathematical order

Saverio Spagnolie and Arthur Evans of UW–Madison, University of Michigan physicist Christopher Miles and mathematician Michael Shelley of the Flatiron Institute and New York University found that when the particles are confined to a thin sheet and …

## Erman, Sam, Ellenberg Mentions in the Bulletin of the AMS this month.

Two of the four articles published this month in the Bulletin of the American Mathematics Society have UW connections. Daniel Erman and former faculty, Steven Sam, have an article titled “Cubics in 10 variables vs. …

## The Wonderful World of Hagfish Slime

Hundreds of meters deep in the dark of the ocean, a shark glides toward what seems like a meal. It’s kind of ugly, eel-like and not particularly meaty, but still probably food. So the shark …

## John Heim makes Top Moments at the UW in 2018

Check out the 2018 Top Moments in Time, https://news.wisc.edu/moments-in-time-2018-photographers-choice/ UW Photographers pick their favorite pictures of 2018. John Heim is #16.

## Melanie Matchett Wood explores the rank of elliptic curves in new model

Melanie Matchett Wood is one of a group of four researchers who have recently come out with a model that upends the conventional wisdom in their field. They have used intensive computational data to suggest …