Prof. Irving Herman has just published Coming Home to Math: Become Comfortable with the Numbers that Rule Your Life with World Scientific. We live in a world of numbers and mathematics, and so we need to work with numbers and some math in almost everything we do, to control our happiness and the direction of our lives. The purpose of Coming Home to Math is to make adults with little technical training more comfortable with math, in using it and enjoying it, and to allay their fears of math, enable their numerical thinking, and convince them that math is fun.
Michal Lipson, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics, is one of "12 Columbia professors who have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts in one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. Lipson, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, pioneered critical building blocks in the field of silicon photonics, which today is recognized as one of the most promising directions for solving the major bottlenecks in microelectronics."
Over 10 years ago, Prof. Lorenzo Polvani & Dr. Seok-woo Son led a study that found, through the analysis of climate models, that the closing of the ozone hole was going to halt the poleward drift of the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere. But that study was based on predictive modeling, not actual observations. Now, new research, led by his former postdoc Antara Banerjee, demonstrates that the earlier study’s prediction is actually happening: observations now show that, over the last 20 years, the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere has indeed stopped drifting poleward, as the 2008 models had indicated.
A Columbia University team, led by Michal Lipson, Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics, announced that they have discovered a new way to control the phase of light using 2D materials—atomically thin materials, ∼ 0.8 nanometer, or 1/100,000 the size of a human hair—without changing its amplitude, at extremely low electrical power dissipation.
Sobel writes, "With this disaster, even more than with a hurricane, we will need to rely on each other, on a much larger scale & for a much longer time than any of us are accustomed to. We need young & healthy people to take all possible measures not to get the virus — even at possible cost to themselves, & even though their own risk of suffering serious harm from the virus is very low — in order to slow the spread for the benefit of those most at risk. And as economic activity declines with widespread social isolation, we need those whose livelihoods are not at risk to give some consideration to those whose are, & support them."