Friday, November 17, 2017

"Is it Possible to Take All Words Out of Mathematical Expressions?"

I just read a really cool new article in American Scientist about terminology, symbolic, and pictorial developments in mathematics.

Matrices, chaos, and birdtracks all make an appearance. The article also includes appearances by Gibbs, Silvester, Yorke, Cvitanović, and others.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton and José Altuve Win Most Valuable Player Awards

Major League Baseball has announced the winners of the 2017 Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards: José Altuve of the Houston Astros won handily in the American League over Aaron Judge of the Yankees, and Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins edges out Joey Votto of the Reds by 2 points (in the 4th-closest MVP voting in Baseball history). Take a look at the vote totals for the American League and National League.

I am pleasantly surprised that Votto finished so close to Stanton. The consensus would be that it would not be this close (and Votto already was guaranteed to finish higher in the ranking than expected even when the top three were announced), though in my opinion Votto should have won.

The National League MVP was the one where it was hardest to predict who would win, and the close vote total at the top reflects that.

What Happens in Ithaca Stays in Ithaca (2017 Edition)

I am off to Cornell to give this year's Notable Alum lecture in the Center for Applied Mathematics (the program from which I got my PhD)!

It's my first visit to Cornell in more than 4.5 years and only my second visit since I graduated!

I am at the airport way too bloody early. All of the men's bathrooms in this terminal are locked.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer Win Cy Young Awards

As expected, Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians won the American League Cy Young Award. Also as expected, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals won the National League Cy Young Award.

In the National League, the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw finished 2nd. Kershaw has ranked as follows in the last 7 National League Cy Young Award ballots: 1, 2, 1, 1, 3, 5, 2. Wow! That gives Kershaw 4.56 Cy Young shares, which is 4th all time. (You can see the Cy Young share rankings on this page, though at the time of this writing, the page does not yet incorporate today's results.) Kershaw is going to sail into the Hall of Fame, and Max Scherzer is making quite a case for himself as well.

The two main articles to which I linked include the entire rankings and vote totals for this year's Cy Young Awards.

Things for Mathematicians to be Grateful For

Today's entry in the blog Math with Bad Drawings has some brilliant pictures!

It's really hard to pick a favorite. Maybe the one with the analyst or the one with the belated referee report?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Torey Lovullo and Paul Molitor Win Manager of the Year Awards

Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins have been named the 2017 Managers of the Year in the National League and American League, respectively. The Diamondbacks and Twins saw the two largest win increases from 2016; this is often a good recipe for who will be named Manager of the Year. In the National League, Dave Roberts of the Dodgers finished second.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Birgit Brüggemeier!

Congratulations to my Ph.D. student, Dr. Birgit Brüggemeier (who I cosupervised with Stephen Goodwin of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics) for officially completing her D.Phil at University of Oxford. Her thesis, in corrected form, has officially been approve.

The title of Birgit's thesis is "Is Drosophila song amplitude structure a communication signal?".

Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are the Rookies of the Year!

Unsurprisingly, Aaron Judge of the Yankees has been named (unanimously) as this year's Rookie of the Year (ROY) in the American League. Also unsurprisingly, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers has been named (also unanimously) as the National League ROY. The selections were not surprising, and the fact that they were unanimous is also not surprising. Judge and Bellinger were the clearly dominant rookies in their respective leagues.

Update: The links above show the rankings and vote totals for both awards.

Awesome Trippy Archiecture

Wow! These are really cool!

(Tip of the cap to Sydney Padua.)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

German Caricature Map from 1914

This German caricature map from the onset of World War I is fancy.

(Tip of the cap to I Fucking Love Maps.)

2017 Silver Slugger Awards

The 2017 Silver Slugger Awards, which purport to indicate the best hitter at each position in each league, have been announced.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pictures from Barcelona

Here are a bunch of pictures from Barcelona from my recent trip.