Monday, April 2, 2012

My Conversion to Tauism

Stephen Abbott—Middlebury College, Math Horizons Co-Editor
There was no identifiable moment when I said, yes, I believe. My conversion must have come on silently and unexpectedly. I do, however, remember the moment when I realized something had inalterably changed...

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About the Author: Stephen Abbott is a professor of mathematics at Middlebury College and currently co-editor of Math HorizonsEmail: 

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  1. I was thrilled to see your Math Horizons column about tau, Stephen. There must be something going on in Connecticut. One of your fellow Connecticutters(?) Ethan Brown is trying to set a world record this weekend for memorizing the most digits of tau.

    You might find some of the graphics on my website helpful in convincing your fellow mathematicians about tau. It's at Feel free to use/redistribute anything there you find useful. And let me know if there's any other way I can help.

    Joseph Lindenberg

    1. D'OH! Don't ask me why I thought Middlebury College was in Connecticut. Ah well, make it "must be something going on in New England" then. You heard about what MIT did with their admissions decisions this year, didn't you?