Jason Rosenhouse received his PhD in mathematics from Dartmouth College in 2000. He subsequently spent three years as a post-doc at Kansas State University. Currently he is Associate Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. This blog is about science, religion, math, politics and chess, roughly in that order.

Holly Holm Defeats Ronda Rousey

Sunday Chess Problem is taking the week off. But in other sporting news, Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey in their big fight on Saturday. I’ve been a casual MAA fan for a while, and I like Ronda Rousey, so I actually bought the Pay-Per-View to watch the fight. Now, the thing about fighters is that…

Ruse’s Atheism Book

I’ve started reading Michael Ruse’s book Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know, published by Oxford University Press earlier this year. Ruse is a philosopher at Florida State University, but he has turned himself into something of a crackpot over the last ten years. He’s edited two books with ID proponent Bill Dembski, has picked foolish…

Sunday Chess Problem

My new issue of Chess Life showed up in the mail, and it included coverage of the Sinquefield Cup from this summer. (Chess Life has a long lead time). Anyway, in the game between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, Nakamura played the Queen’s Gambit Declined as black. He was very lucky to draw the game.…

POTW 8

The eight Problem Of the Week has now been posted, along with a solution to last week’s problem. Enjoy!

Sunday Chess Problem

Yes, granted, it’s actually Monday. But it was only a technical glitch that kept me from posting this yesterday, so it still counts as Sunday Chess Problem! We’re going to stick with endgame studies for this week. This one was composed by a fellow named Seletsky in 1933. It’s white to play and win: That’s…

The Republican Debate

Since I didn’t have any grading this time, and since Republicans are harder to listen to than Democrats (and remember, I used to spend hours at a time listening to Creationists), I couldn’t bring myself to watch the entirety of the recent Republican debate. I kept flipping back and forth between it and game two…

ID vs. YEC

If you spend any time talking to ID folks, you know that they are very touchy about being called creationists. As they see it, the creationists have been so incompetent in making their case, and so extreme in their religious views, that they discredit the cause of anti-evolutionism every time they open their mouths. For…

POTW 7 Posted

The latest Problem of the Week has now been posted. This one (and next week’s as well) involve calculus. Fun!

Sunday Chess Problem

I have something a little different for you this week. Normally I show you composed positions in my Sunday Chess Problem posts. But this week I’d like to show you two shocking moves that occurred in actual games. The first comes from another of Aviv Friedman’s videos. He did not mention the players in the…

To Minnesota!

I’m heading off to Minnesota for the weekend. Bemidji, Minnesota, to be exact. I’m giving one of the invited talks at the big MAA Section Meeting they’re having at Bemidji State University. Should be fun! Looks like I’m picking the right weekend to get out of town. It’s going to be a zoo around here!

POTW 6 Posted

After taking last week off, Problem of the Week makes a triumphant return. Problem Six has now been posted. Enjoy!

The Democratic Debate

I’ve gotten very cynical about political debates. They’ve become asinine reality TV shows, with preening moderators asking silly gotcha questions to people who just pivot to their talking points at every opportunity. But I did have a big pile of grading to get through last night and having the debate on in the background seemed…

Sunday Chess Problem

This week I have another short, one-liner for you. It is another one I found at the end of one of Aviv Friedman’s videos. He did not mention the composer, but I got a real kick out of it. The solution is short, but there is a lot of strategy packed into it. It is…

There is no longer any need for the phrase “gay marriage.” There is just “marriage.” For a while we shall still have to put up with an occasional Kim Davis or right-wing judge who gets mopey about it, but most people have simply moved on. They either don’t have a problem with marriage equality, or…

POTW 5

The fifth Problem of the Week has now been posted. This one is probably my favorite of the term. I think it’s fairly challenging. It will have to hold you for a while, though, since POTW will be taking next week off. I’ve also posted a solution to POTW 4. Enjoy!