Mary Pugh's Home Page
Department of Mathematics
University of Toronto
40 St. George St, room 6290
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E4
40 St. George St, room 6268
phone: (416) 978-5233
fax: (416) 978-4107
Computer Issues and Other Stuff
The Digital Library of
Mathematical Functions (DLMF) Project was initiated to perform a
complete revision of Abramowitz and Stegun's
Handbook of Mathematical
Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables, published in
1964 by the National Bureau of Standards. See
R. F. Boisvert and
D. W. Lozier (2001) for historical background about this impoartant
publication. The DLMF Project has updated and expanded the coverage
for current needs. The results have been published in book form as the
NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, by Cambridge University
Press, and disseminated in the free electronic
Digital Library of
For grad students and everyone else:
Arieh Iserles (an excellent writer of math articles and books) on
How to write a paper
Children's Holiday Letters to Satan.
Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me by
- Yay! The
Feynman Lectures on Physics are available online!
Becoming a Development Category by
Nanda Shrestha. From the book
Power of Development, Taylor Francis publishing, 2005.
How to Write About Africa by
Are you going to
Curious about math? Able to program?
This webpage gives problems that you can work through; suitable for all
ages --- you just need to be able to code in some language!
20 PhD Students Dumb Down Their Thesis Just For Us
- What is
combinatorial explosion? Thanks to
Hiro Oh for linking this
video to his webpage, whence I found it.
Correlation or Causation?
Find your own spurious
- What is a
proof? See the 3:30 mark.
- Fun with
symbolic logic. From Lewis Carroll's
Symbolic Logic: Part 1, Elementary
around the UofT.
- Here are some videos of simple
solutions of the heat equation on a bounded interval, the heat equation on
a bounded interval with discontinuous
diffusivity, the wave equation on the line, and the wave equation on a
bounded interval. If you can't see the equations and math symbols for java
reasons, look at
this version of the page.
25 Deeply Painful Ph.D. Student Problems (Besides Your Thesis)
- Concerned about cookie-cutter K-12 math instruction? Check out
How Euler did it.
Committee of Concerned Scientists
A nice article by Siobhan Roberts about Donald Coxeter
The Dead Grandmother Syndrome and the Potential Downfall Of American Society
Ask the Experts at Scientific American.
Google's Zeitgeist --- what are the top searches?
Public software for numerical analysis
- Matlab Primer View
using ghostview --- if you print it, you're violating copyright law!
- Matlab Primer
View using adobe acrobat --- if you print it, you're violating copyright law!
A free online Matlab tutorial
J. C. Polking's (free) matlab routines for ODEs
An introduction to LaTeX 2e
Free, easy to install emacs for Windows 95, linux, unix, and mac
Free, easy to install ghostview for Windows 95, linux, unix, and mac
Free, easy to install LaTeX for Windows
Nifty windows editing environment that does LaTeX, Ghostview, and Acroread
- Crash course on incorporating *.ps, *.eps, and *.pdf figures into TeX files As well as how to use wrapfig.
more info on incorporating *.eps figures into LaTeX
(And how to convert *.ps into *.eps)
- HTML Guides and Tutorials.
- Octave: Freeware with the matlab look and feel
Scientific Tools for Python
- Let's Make a Deal!
Looking for a job?
Click here for a gzipped tar file that contains a LaTeX mass-mailing program.
Click here for the version that uses the Toronto letterhead. It has to be LaTeXed on Coxeter to work.
After downloading the file, type "gunzip LookingForAJob.tar.gz", then
type "tar -xvf LookingForAJob.tar". Read the "README" file in the
newly created directory called LookingForAJob. (If you have the
Toronto letterhead version then do all that with
Also, here are some general
tips on the job search, including tips on writing cover letters,
courtesy of the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Finally, Eugene Lerman has some
on giving a great math job talk.