Mathematics Isn’t Just Numbers

We often equate mathematics with numbers, as if mathematics doesn’t extend further than doing arithmetic. Each time this happens, I have to restrain myself from going on a rant. I want to grab the person by the collar and exclaim, “There’s so much more to mathematics than just numbers! It’s like saying that running is just a bunch of one-legged hops. While that might be technically true, it’s not the way most people would describe…

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Pint Of Science Arrives Tomorrow

After many months of preparation and planning, Pint of Science 2019 arrives tomorrow. With 24 countries and more than 300 cities around the world welcoming more than 120 thousand guests, Pint of Science is truly a global celebration of science. And I’m extremely excited to be part of the team to bring it to GuelphContinue reading "Pint Of Science Arrives Tomorrow"

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STEMinism Sunday: Maud Leonora Menten

Welcome to STEMinism Sunday! As a former woman in science, I have a deep and enduring interest in the experiences and representation of women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). This series will be an opportunity for me – and you – to get to know some of these intellectual badasses. Have you ever heard of Maud Leonora Menten? I hadn’t, until last week, when I read this fascinating post about her life…

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Le rendez-vous annuel des nerds des chauves-souris

par Virginie Lemieux-LabontéLe prix excellence CSBQ m’a permis de participer à la 47ième édition du symposium de la North America Society for Bat Research (NASBR), rassemblant la communauté de spécialiste des chauves-souris d’Amérique du Nord à Knoxville au Tennessee (États-Unis). C’est devant ce public avisé que j’ai présenté par affiche une étude sur la communauté de microorganismes de la peau de la grande chauves-souris brune (Eptesicus fuscus) exposée au syndrome du museau blanc (SMB). Cette maladie…

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Why You Should Be Following #Fieldworkfail

by L. E. CarmichaelIt's #FF (Follow Friday) over on Ye Olde Twitters, and if you're not already following #Fieldworkfail you should really get over there and get on that. Like right now.When scientists write journal articles, they make it sound like they knew what they were doing every step of the way. #Fieldworkfail reveals the truth - they're making it up as they go along, pretty much like the rest of us.Just with more bears.While…

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Degeneracy of the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

Note: This post uses MathJax for rendering, so I would recommend going to the site for the best experience. I just love being able to find neat ways to solve problems. In particular, there’s something about a combinatorial problem that is so satisfying when solved. The problem may initially look difficult, but a slight shift in perspective can bring the solution right into focus. This is the case with this problem, which is why I’m…

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