Contributed by
Colin Adams
Mathematical Intelligencer Mathematically Bent Column by Colin Adams
1. Into Thin Air, Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical Intelligencer,
Vol.22, No. 1, 2000, 2122.
In many ways, doing research in mathematics resembles mountain climbing.
This story just makes that explicit.
2. Research Announcement, Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer, Vol.22, No. 2, 2000, 2627.
Mathematics is often a group effort. But how do you meet that perfect
collaborator? Through the personals.
3. "The Pepsi Putnam Challenge", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer, Vol.22, No. 3, 2000, 3738.
What if the Putnam exam were sponsored by advertisers?
4. "The S.S. Riemann", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer, Vol.22, No. 4, 2000, 4142.
A theorem meets its iceberg.
5. "Overcoming Math Anxiety", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer, Vol.23, No. 1, 2001, 4950.
Math anxiety as a disease.
6. "USubstitution", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer, Vol.23, No. 2, 2001, 29.
A technique of integration on the basketball court.
7. "Hiring Season", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical Intelligencer
,Vol. 23, No. 3, 2001, 2122.
The difficulties in hiring in a math department.
8. "A Deprogrammer's Tale", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer ,Vol. 23, No. 4, 2001, 1314.
What to do when your child gets hooked on mathematics.
9. "Fields Medalist Stripped", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer ,Vol. 24, No. 1, 2002, p.36.
What happens when a mathematician takes drugs to enhance his abilities?
10. "Homotopy on the Range", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer ,Vol. 24, No. 2, 2002, p. 19.
Algebraic topology meets a cattle drive.
11. "Dr. Yeckel and Mr. Hide" , Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer ,Vol. 24, No. 3, 2002, 1516.
Being a tale of horror wherein a man is transformed into a beast, a beast
of mathematics.
12. "The Red Badge of Courage" , Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer ,Vol. 24, No. 4, 2002, 1213.
War is hell, and to many students, so is math.
13. "A Difficult Delivery" , Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer ,Vol. 25, No. 1, 2003, 89.
Proving a theorem can be like, well...
14. "Wiling Away the Hours", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer ,Vol. 25, No. 2, 2003, 1819.
A completely fictional account of how Andrew Wiles may have come to his
proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.
15. "The Three Little Pigs", Mathematically Bent Column, Mathematical
Intelligencer ,Vol. 25, No. 3, 2003, 2728.
An updated version of the classic tale, wherein the pigs get Ph.D.'s.
