Have you heard the one about the topologist who cannot tell the difference between a coffee mug and a donut? This week's featured podcast interview offers humor, discovery and beauty. It's about mathematics, of course. Georgia Tech's Dan Margalit also offers tips for helping kids overcome their fear of math:
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Advanced manufacturing is exploding across the Bay Area, with about 650 companies using 3-D printers and computer-controlled machines to produce everything from robots to eyeglasses to drones to backpacks. But for most residents the fast-growing sector — and the skills needed to join its workforce — remain a mystery. Now S.F. Mayor London Breed is trying to change that. The city Office of Economic and Workforce Development has allocated $300,000 to SFMade, a trade group representing San Francisco makers. The training program would be a godsend for manufacturers like Topology, a company that designs and manufactures custom-fit eyewear, said CEO Rob Varady. “We can’t find enough people with experience in these new methods, so the training that (the program) will provide is integral in equipping the area with the labor force ready to seize this new opportunity,” he said. 📷: @lsuzuki
We were sad to hear of the passing of Sir Michael Atiyah, aged 89, last week. From 2000-2005, Sir Michael was the Chair of the Board of our School of Theoretical Physics here at DIAS. What an impressive career he had as a mathematician, with his work inspiring scholars around the globe. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. #DIASdiscovers#geometry#topology#maths#mathematics#sciencefacts