What can we learn about how the members of the US Supreme Court influence each other by applying ideas from statistical physics to their voting patterns?
Mathematics is humanity's tool for describing the world around us. We will discuss examples of math not only as a powerful tool for predicting the future, but also as an art form by which we can discover the many beautiful patterns in nature.
We can use mathematical and computational techniques to analyze texts with unknown authorship to see if we can determine who wrote them. I present two simple examples of these techniques and use them to answer questions about the writings of William Shakespeare.
A young boy comes into the doctor's office presenting unusual sypmtoms. To solve his case, we'll explore which genes are most essential for human health, and which ones can survive heavy mutation.
Anti-vaccine sentiment is as old as vaccination itself. In 1801, Edward Jenner published his [results] of the success of his early experiments on the smallpox vaccine, and by 1802, enough people were scared of it that political cartoonist James Gillray produced an extremely unsubtle satirical painting entitled "The Cow-Pock---or---the Wonderful Effects of the New Inoculation!"