Show Me the Proof: Ed Jones ’68 Solves Math Problem of a Lifetime (Observer-Dispatch)

Ed Jones ’68 (Image: Observer-Dispatch)

Retired math teacher Ed Jones ’68 finally solved a proof a student had given him in 1967. Jones contemplated the proof off and on for 49 years and then, voila — the answer came to him.

Jones, who graduated from SUNY Albany, earned a master’s degree in mathematics at Bowdoin during the period between 1962 and 1974, when the College offered a summer graduate program to high school math teachers.

Read the story in the Observer-Dispatch.

Every Country’s Favorite Book (Vice)

presents Reddit user Backforward24’s “Literature of the World,” a map illustrating the most popular books in each country.

Do you think you know the most popular book in the U.S.? See what we’re reading, and what tops the charts around the globe.

Today Wars Leave 20 Million People Starving (Washington Post)

This year, famine threatens 20 million people, more than any time since World War II. South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen all have suffered prolonged warfare and thus increased rates of starvation.

The Washington Post presents a visual guide to the countries’ humanitarian food crises.

‘Far Beyond Amazon’: The Retail Meltdown of 2017 (Atlantic)

The past two years have been detrimental to retail, with already nine retail bankruptcies in 2017. Despite a growing GDP, steady gas prices, and low unemployment, hundreds of shops and malls are closing.

The rise of e-commerce, the over-supply of malls, and the “restaurant renaissance” have all contributed to the evolution of American shopping. Read more in The Atlantic.