Ben Orlin

Ben Orlin

is a math teacher. He blogs at Math with Bad Drawings and is currently working on two books for the publisher Black Dog & Leventhal. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Business Insider, the Chicago Tribune, and the Huffington Post.

Ben Orlin

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is about a lot of things. Tackling big problems in computer science. Celebrating mathematical inquiry and exploration. Consuming cubic meters’ worth of pastries and spätzle. But, perhaps above all else, the … Read more

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Ben Orlin

Today, Martin Hellman stands before a crowd of hundreds, narrating the history of his research in public key encryption. It’s foundational: internet security is built on mathematics, and Hellman (along with collaborator Whitfield Diffie) helped … Read more

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Ben Orlin

It’s the very first on the Nobel Prize’s list of frequently asked questions: Is there a Nobel Prize in Mathematics? Alas; it turns out that Alfred Nobel didn’t much appreciate the icy abstractions of mathematics. … Read more

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Ben Orlin

At a conference like the HLF—bringing together researchers from across diverse fields—you’re bound to run into a few turf wars. Mathematician vs. computer scientist. Mathematician vs. physicist. Even—in one delicious exchange on September 20 —mathematician … Read more

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