Archive for December, 2019

Obituary of Richard Allen Askey

Most of you have probably not heard of Professor Richard Askey, Professor at Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, who passed away this fall. But every student who has passed through the MCS Department knows the bronze bust of Srinivasa Ramanujan sculpted by Paul Granlund that proudly adorns our lobby. Richard Askey was the driving […]

December Problems of the Month

Congratulations to November’s solvers: Filip Belik, Mike Hvidsten, and Ha Le. November’s problems seems to have been particularly challenging! On to December: Problem #1 is a little arithmetic curiosity: The four-digit numbers 3025 and 2025 have an unusual property: (30+25)^2 = 3025 and (20+25)^2 = 2025. That is, if you put a plus sign in […]