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March Newsletter

So finally here is the March edition of the Moderators' Newsletter. Satvik was a bit busy with his exams this so I had taken up the responsibility for this edition. Hope you all like it.

New features to be excited about

Change is permanent. It continues to etch its stories on everyone, everything and everywhere. And we have a bunch of its stories right here on Brilliant in the form of several features that would make you wish to stay on the website a “little” longer every day.

Brilliant Waterloo Engineering Scholarship - the decisions will be out real soon!:

Get ready, hold your breath, cross your fingers for the results for the scholarship program at University of Waterloo will be out sooner or later. The highly anticipated results will reveal the names of the two members who have been selected by Brilliant to attend one of the world's finest engineering programs

Calvin isn't the only guy who works for Brilliant – The Brilliant Professional Programming Series:

We also had a note on our feeds which was an eye opener to the portion of the community that believed the myth that a “Calvin Lin” was the only thing required to run the website – The Brilliant Professional Programming Series. Although it has not yet garnered as much attention as Calvin Lin’s Messageboard (which probably explains the myth), it provided a good insight into what the company Brilliant looks like. We expect about a monthly post from the programmers, with the first installment already out there. So do subscribe to the thread.

New Quantitative finance section for those interested about financial literacy!:

Quantitative Finance is a field of applied math which seeks to predict how financial markets behave. It crosses many disciplines like Probability, Combinatorics, Economics and Computer Science. This is a new and exciting area for the Brilliant community to explore, and would open up further opportunities down the road.

SAT section with a brand new look! Yay!:

The new SAT section on Brilliant helps you master each SAT topic, providing you with hundreds of examples, multiple solution approaches, and explanations for incorrect choices. Links to individual skills, Tips and Facts and Formulas further help you prepare for the test. Check it out!

The moderators are here at your service!:

Have a question about Brilliant? Need help? Or just want to hang out with us? Come find us in the moderator’s messageboard.

Challenging Problems

Challenges are the true mirrors; they show what you are capable of. And Brilliant has a plethora of these mirrors for everyone from the novices to the experts and maybe even Calvin (though different types of them :P). The community has been flooded with a number of good problems this month as usual. Here are some of them just in case you didn’t happen to find them on your feeds

New and Active members

The Brilliant community is now spreading like never before. Students and mentors from all over the world are adding to the community every day, contributing to it and also learning from it. Several members have been really active for past couple of fortnights and have been significantly contributing to the community lately. They deserve a word of mention and recognition for their benefaction to the community. Sravanth Chebrolu , Bryan Lee Shi Yang , Patrick Bourg , Kartik Kulkarni, Srutatshi Chakrabarti and Roman Fargo are definitely going to hit the WhoToFollow list in near future.

Interesting Happenings

  • Our fellow mod, Daniel just reached the 5000 follower milestone. Hearty congratulations to him on his achievement.

  • This newsletter is flanked by important examinations in countries with a significant number of members in the community, India and USA. There was AMC in US a couple of weeks ago and in India JEE-Mains is at the doorstep. One can find a number of discussions about it which were posted within about a couple of weeks.

  • Brilliant's Logo: Ever wondered what inspired the Brilliant's logo? Is it fullerene or a globe or some sort of connections? Well here is the answer: It was inspired by Dymxaion Map. Here is the product designer's take on it.

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Who To Follow

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This section recognizes the members who have been really helping out the community sincerely over a fairly long period and have helped in raising the bar continuously making the experience better for the entire community. What follows is the most awaited list of the newsletter, in no specific order.

Be sure to hit the follow button when you see their profiles.

This month’s Special

Missed Brilliant due to exams? Weren't following any of the above people? Coming back to see what has changed? Well, here is a collection of the most popular discussions on Brilliant in the past month so that you feel as much a part of the community as others and to get you going and fueling your streaks yet again.

-JEE 2015 coming :: Hows Your Preparations

-Future aspects of our life

-Proof that \( \zeta(2) = \frac{ { \pi} ^2} { 6} \)

-Probability Practice

-The curious case of nothing multiplied No times

Quote of the month

Brilliant is not just Math, Physics or CS. Besides the new quantitative finance section being an additional facet, we also relished a flavour of philosophy in the past month. Sandeep Bhardwaj’s series of notes reflects his philosophy of life and is worth a read. And not to forget our “quotist”, Jeremy Bansil has yet another thought provoking note for you - "Never tell a story if you do not even know the moral lesson. ".

Acknowledgements:

Satvik for handing over the "responsibility" to me (and his exams :P).

Mursalin Habib and Calvin Lin for their valuable comments and contributions.

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I missed the WhoToFollow list again :'(

Later Edit: I was kidding. I am awesome and I know it. I don't need followers to prove it. Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay I think @Jake Lai has to be in that list as well. What is the criteria BTW? Some are overrated out here, I think. *Many others too like Kishlaya etc. Kartik Sharma · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Kartik Sharma I haven't been too active recently, whereas Kishlaya, I feel, has. Come next month, we'll see ;) Jake Lai · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Kartik Sharma Thanks. I will take those suggestions into considerations next time. Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Kartik Sharma Oh! a great thanks for my mentioning my name.

Also, I think, you are more active than me and that list truly deserves your name before mine. Kishlaya Jaiswal · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Kishlaya Jaiswal Oh thanks! But I don't think so. Activeness may be the criteria but intelligence is as well. But yeah, really thanks for that! Kartik Sharma · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Kartik Sharma @brian charlesworth , @Steven Zheng

These guys should be there too! Arpit Agarwal · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Arpit Agarwal These were in previous month's newsletter. Pranjal Jain · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Pranjal Jain Oh , me and my bad memory :( Arpit Agarwal · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay LOL Me too. But don't worry. That list ain't the end of the world :P

P.S.:- I feel the list this month has been a bit biased. It necessarily, should have active members. Krishna Ar · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Krishna Ar Are you referring to Daniel Ploch and John Muradeli ? Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M I added them because I like Computer Science and Radical thinking. Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay Yeah, Daniel's Combi questions are too good ! And not to mention John's GIFSs !! Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M I never enjoy too many gifs :/ Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay Haha ok . Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Krishna Ar Don't worry dude , you'll definitely beat @Daniel Liu in terms of followers!! I am vouching for you . Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M That's almost impossible Krishna Ar · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Krishna Ar I think you are the Indian with highest no of followers !! Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M I'm Indian! I just live in Australia. Sharky Kesa · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Sharky Kesa I'm really sorry .

@Krishna Ar Here's your competition :) Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M Jatin ,sreejato and anish have around 3600 ,3000 and 2700 followers respectively

I think sandeep sir at his current speed will be soon in this league. Karan Siwach · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Karan Siwach Agreed , but I made the above comment keeping in mind that none of those you have mentioned are active , currently ! Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M No. Sreejata and Jatin are ahead of me (way ahead!!) Krishna Ar · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Krishna Ar Can you guess why the list is biased? Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay I can't guess why. Can you?

EDIT:- Was it made by you? :P Krishna Ar · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Krishna Ar That is a correct guess. Possibly that is why my name isn't there. Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay Haha. Krishna Ar · 2 years, 4 months ago

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Congrats @Daniel Ploch ,@Satvik Golechha, @John Muradeli ,@Azhaghu Roopesh M ,@Ronak Agarwal for making way to the WhoToFollow List!! Pranjal Jain · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Pranjal Jain me?! Damn that's freakin BADASS!

I shall make new awesome content in the future. Just wait for it ;) John Muradeli · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Pranjal Jain Thanks a lot !! Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Pranjal Jain Thanks. Ronak Agarwal · 2 years, 4 months ago

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Wow !! I didn't know that @Sudeep Salgia was a mod ! Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M Btw, Congratulations for making it to the WhoToFollow List. Sudeep Salgia · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Sudeep Salgia Thanks a lot for putting me there !! Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M Yep he is. Ronak Agarwal · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Ronak Agarwal BTW, @Ronak Agarwal : what is special about 16th march? Krishna Ar · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Krishna Ar See this Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Krishna Ar same question ; what is special about 16th march? @Ronak Agarwal ,@Mvs Saketh Karan Siwach · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Karan Siwach I really wish I had not read this! -_- Pranjal Jain · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Pranjal Jain So , how did you fare in the Olympiads ? Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M Check this Ronak Agarwal · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Ronak Agarwal What about Pranjal ? He didn't comment there ,right ? Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M What about me? I couldn't get in any of Chemistry or Astronomy... Pranjal Jain · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Pranjal Jain Oh , no worries , you'll get selected in IITB :) And may I know about Bhavya ? Did he get selected ? Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M He got selected in Astronomy and Physics. Pranjal Jain · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Pranjal Jain Good for him . Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Karan Siwach His INCHO results are being released on that day and he's excited abt it ! Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M Oh, thanks Azhagu for letting us know! :) I completely forgot about the INO'S XD Krishna Ar · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Krishna Ar Haha , btw it's Azhaghu and my name's Roopesh . It's abt time I said it . Azhaghu Roopesh M · 2 years, 4 months ago

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@Azhaghu Roopesh M Oh I am sorry, I didnt know that! Krishna Ar · 2 years, 4 months ago

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Superb work @Sudeep Salgia !

(And really, I never knew about the Brilliant logo, and it's origin.)

Thanks for this awesome newsletter. Kishlaya Jaiswal · 2 years, 4 months ago

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