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Ellenberg Demonstrated Aaron Rodgers is the Superior QB


Jordan Ellenberg crunched the numbers, and he knows the answer.  The author of "How Not to Be Wrong" and UW-Madison Mathematics Professor was featured on NBC Sports to prove who was superior:  Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady.  Jordan demonstrated how he came to his conclusion that Aaron Rodgers was in fact the better QB.

[Link:  https://www.nbcsports.com/video/how-wisconsin-bc-professors-settled-tom-brady-vs-aaron-rodgers-debate]

2nd Annual Emeriti Dinner Held


The Emeriti Affairs Committee (Richard Brualdi, Tom Kurtz, and Paul Rabinowitz) organized the second annual Math Emeriti Dinner on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the University Club. The 32 participants enjoyed a buffet dinner of Vegetarian Strudel, Chicken Piccata, and Salmon, along with accompaniments, and Tiramisu for dessert. There was a lively predinner gathering in the Fireside Room of the University Club before the dinner in the Banquet Room.

Attending this year's event were: Dan Shea and Gail, Yvonne Nagel, Don Passman and Marj, Si Hellerstein and Billie, Arnie Miller and Man-Li, Marshall Osborn and Millie, Don Crowe and Mary, Steve Wainger and Phyllis, Bob Wilson and Elsie, Pat Ahern and Kate, Mike Voichick and Jane, Diane Rivard and John, Seymour Parter and Ruth, Joel Robbin and Ruth, Paul Rabinowitz and Birgit, Tom Kurtz, Richard Brualdi and Mona.

Ex-UW Prof Milewski Quoted on Quantum Experiment Developments


Oil droplets guided by “pilot waves” have failed to reproduce the results of the quantum double-slit experiment, crushing a century-old dream that there exists a single, concrete reality.

Paul Milewski (1995-2011 at UW) was recently quoted regarding the developments.

[link: https://www.quantamagazine.org/famous-experiment-dooms-pilot-wave-alternative-to-quantum-weirdness-20181011/]

Slemrod works to prove famous fluid equations are incomplete


Professor Emeritus Marshall Slemrod has been researching how the equations map to various type of conditions.  “Navier-Stokes makes very good predictions for the air in the room,” said Slemrod, who presented the evidence last month in the journal Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena. But at high altitudes, and in other near-vacuum situations, “the equations become less and less accurate."  Read more at https://www.quantamagazine.org/famous-fluid-equations-are-incomplete-20150721/

Melanie Matchett Wood Named Minerva Distinguished Visitor at Princeton


Melanie Matchett Wood has been named the Minerva Distinguished Visitor at Princeton University.  She will be in residence at Princeton during the Fall semester of 2018.  It is a great honor to be chosen for this residency.   Congratulations, Melanie!

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