Mircea Pitici has taken on a huge task, to present the best articles in Mathematics for the year. For three years running he's edited a book for Princeton University Press with his picks. Since identifying great communicators is a big interest of mine I'm delighted to get to pick his brain for an hour.
[ Note: The audio is a little bit choppy in places, especially the first few seconds. The phone connection was not the best so we did the best we could do. Call quality aside, this is an important interview for anyone interested in math communication. ]
About Mircea Pitici
From Mircea's Cornell web-site:
Mircea has taught mathematics courses and writing seminars at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Wells College. He received a teaching award from the Cornell Department of Mathematics in 2011 and the Buttrick-Crippen Scholarship awarded by the Knight Institute of Writing in the Disciplines in 2008.
Deeply interested in mathematical communication to professional audiences and to the general public, Mircea edits the annual series The Best Writing on Mathematics (Princeton University Press). He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and a master’s degree from Cornell, and he is working toward a doctorate in mathematics education at Cornell.
About "The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012"
From the Princeton University Press web-site:
This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else--and you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates. Here Robert Lang explains mathematical aspects of origami foldings; Terence Tao discusses the frequency and distribution of the prime numbers; Timothy Gowers and Mario Livio ponder whether mathematics is invented or discovered; Brian Hayes describes what is special about a ball in five dimensions; Mark Colyvan glosses on the mathematics of dating; and much, much more.
In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a foreword by esteemed mathematician David Mumford and an introduction by the editor Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed.