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Andrew Hwang

Mathematics/Computer Science Department

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley


Fields: Differential Geometry, Complex Manifolds, and Global Analysis

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The Conversation

Andrew D. Hwang is a frequent contributor to The Conversation, an independent news and commentary website. His most recent contributions appear below.

U.S. Army soldiers work to set up a field hospital inside CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

In the U.S., scientists stress that the number of coronavirus cases has been growing exponentially. In ordinary speech, the term “exponential” usually means “really fast.”

To mathematicians like myself, and to scientists and public health officials, the term has a precise and subtly different meaning: A quantity is “exponential” if

Daerah kumuh di Petare di Caracas. Commons Wikipedia

Manusia adalah jenis mamalia besar dengan jumlah populasi terbanyak di Bumi saat ini dan mungkin dalam semua sejarah geologi. Saat Hari Populasi Dunia 11 Juli lalu, manusia berjumlah sekitar 7,5 sampai 7,6 miliar individu.

Dapatkah Bumi menjadi tempat tinggal bagi banyak orang dengan jumlah tak terbatas? Apa yang akan terjadi jika kita tidak melakukan apa pun untuk mengelola pertumbuhan populasi di masa depan dan menggunakan sumber daya keseluru...

Caracas, Venezuela. Wikimedia

Los seres humanos somos los grandes mamíferos más numerosos de la Tierra. El número de seres humanos es ahora mismo entre 7.500 y 7.600 millones de individuos.

¿Puede soportarlo la Tierra de forma indefinida? ¿Qué pasará si no hacemos nada para gestionar el futuro crecimiento demográfico y el uso de los recursos que implica? Estas preguntas, complejas y urgentes, están relacionadas con la ecología, la política y la ética. Con ayuda de las matemáticas veremos qué puede ocurrir y cuál ...

Slums in Caracas, Venezuela. Wikimedia

Humans are the most populous large mammal on Earth today, and probably in all of geological history. This World Population Day, humans number in the vicinity of 7.5 to 7.6 billion individuals.

Can the Earth support this many people indefinitely? What will happen if we do nothing to manage future population growth and total resource use? These complex questions are ecological, political, ethical – and urgent. Simple mathematics shows why, shedding light on our...

Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in the world. Reed Saxon/AP Photo

The world’s wealthiest are prospering. As of February 2017, there were about 2,000 billionaires in the world. This micro-elite controls over US$7.6 trillion, an increase of 18 percent from 2016.

A billionaire’s spending power is difficult to grasp, both because most people do not correctly intuit large numb...

Breaking down the big numbers. helen_g/

National discussions of crucial importance to ordinary citizens – such as funding for scientific and medical research, bailouts of financial institutions and the current Republican tax proposals – inevitably involve dollar figures in the millions, billions and trillions.

Unfortunately, math anxiety is widespread even among intelligent, highly educated people.

Complicating the issue further, citizens emotionally undeterred by billions and trillions are nonetheless likely to be ill-equipped ...