Exploring the Mathematical Universe

A team of more than 80 mathematicians from 12 countries is charting the terrain of rich, new mathematical worlds, and sharing their discoveries on the Web. The “L-functions and Modular Forms Database (www.LMFDB.org)” started more than 5 years ago with funding to AIM from the National Science Foundation. The project has just announced its official release, providing a new and powerful tool for students and researchers in several areas of mathematics. Read more…

Silicon Valley Gives: May 2016

For the third year in a row, AIM participated in Silicon Valley Gives. The big day was May 3, 2016, but you can still donate to help AIM spread the excitement about mathematics through its outreach programs.

Math Teachers’ Circle Network Named as Partner in 100Kin10

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2016 — 100Kin10, a national network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 new excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers into schools by 2021, announced today that the Math Teachers’ Circle Network has been accepted as a partner. The Math Teachers’ Circle (MTC) Network is one of 49 new partners to join a network of now over 280 of the country’s top businesses, nonprofits, foundations and academic institutions to help achieve the goal of 100,000 excellent STEM teachers.

Established at AIM in 2006, Math Teachers’ Circles bring teachers together with mathematicians in a professional environment for mathematical problem solving. The goals are to engage teachers in thinking deeply about mathematics and to build a community of mathematics professionals dedicated to improving education for all students. The MTC Network helps start new MTCs across the U.S. and provides organizational resources to support their activities. As part of 100Kin10, the Math Teachers’ Circle Network has committed to reach 6,000 teachers and their 600,000 students by growing its national network from 80 to 300 Math Teachers’ Circles by 2020. Read more…

Upcoming Workshops

PGA Tournament Benefits AIM

The Silverado North Course

The first tournament of the current PGA season, the Frys.com Open, finished with an exciting playoff won by rookie Argentine golfer Emiliano Grillo. The tournament was played for the second year on the North Course of the Silverado Resort in Napa, California. This tournament supports many local charities and we are grateful to be one of them. We are also grateful to all of the volunteers who helped make this year’s tournament a success.

Friday, October 16, was “AIM Day” this year. AIM staff and volunteers greeted spectators and handed out the day’s schedule with the second annual Golf Quiz. We have tallied up the scores on the quiz and we have a tie for the top spot. The two winners are John Negrete and Jeremy Sousa. Each receives a Bose SoundTouch 10 system. Thanks to all who participated!

2015 AIM Golf Quiz with Answers

We’ve Moved!

For more than a year AIM has been operating in its new location in the middle of Silicon Valley. The new quarters are at 600 E. Brokaw Road in San Jose—in the same building as the home office of Fry’s Electronics. Since January 1, 2015, AIM has been holding all Workshops and SQuaREs in this location.

The new quarters are slightly larger than the Palo Alto facility. The lecture area, breakout rooms, library, snack area, and offices are configured to continue the informal and highly interactive workshop and SQuaRE activities that we developed during our time in Palo Alto.

And, we have windows!


Math in the Quest for Sustainable Agriculture



raspberriesJust sixty miles from AIM is the Pajaro Valley, one of the richest agricultural regions of the world, an ideal location for fresh berries, vegetables, and flowers. But the valley’s water source is a confined aquifer that is slowly being depleted. With California now in the third year of a serious drought, the problem is even more acute. There is hope, however, that the overdraft can be remedied and the water usage brought back into balance by using a combination of strategies. Mathematically, the problem can be modeled as a large constrained optimization problem, which is exactly what an AIM workshop began working on a little over two years ago.
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Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival and AIM

The American Institute of Mathematics and the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival are delighted to announce their new partnership, which will allow the Festival to significantly increase the number of its events nationwide and get more kids engaged with math.

Named after a noted professor at UC Berkeley, the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals show students a different, and more engaging, side of mathematics from what’s typically presented in their classes at school. Festivals give students an opportunity to pursue mathematics collaboratively, working on problems and puzzles with other students and mathematicians.
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Seeing through the Big Bang

Sir Roger Penrose presented a public lecture on his new theory of the history of the universe to a sold-out audience at Santa Clara University on May 20, 2013.
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Proof of prime partners conjecture

Yitang Zhang of the University of New Hampshire has announced a proof that there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers that differ by a fixed constant. Zhang showed that the constant is less than 70 million. His paper will appear in Annals of Mathematics.
See Dan Goldston’s mathematical description of Zhang’s work.

Counterexample to Wall’s conjecture

During the June 2012 AIM workshop, Cohomology bounds and growth rates, a counterexample was found to a group theory conjecture formulated by G. E. Wall in 1961. The work involved a combination of theoretical work and computer calculations.
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