...a companion blog to "Math-Frolic," specifically for interviews, book reviews, weekly-linkfests, and longer posts or commentary than usually found at the Math-Frolic site.

"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show." ---Bertrand Russell (1907) Rob Gluck

"I have come to believe, though very reluctantly, that it [mathematics] consists of tautologies. I fear that, to a mind of sufficient intellectual power, the whole of mathematics would appear trivial, as trivial as the statement that a four-legged animal is an animal." ---Bertrand Russell (1957)

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Friday, April 4, 2014


In case you missed them,  another week's worth of miscellaneous links:

1) First off, April is "Math Awareness" month, and if you weren't already aware of that, then check out these pages:


2) With April 14th approaching, timely (humor) piece making the rounds last week hypothesizing how the IRS might approach the quadratic formula:

3) AMS is promoting a new book from Richard Evan Schwartz, "Really Big Numbers," for kids (of all ages):

4) Indiana State University professors are putting "a new spin on… the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS)" (started in 1996):

5) GREAT discussion of the "Traveling Salesman Problem" with animated example using US state capital cities:

6) Another article (The Atlantic) on Maria Droujkova's "Natural Math":

7) A little summary of the recent 'Gathering 4 Gardner' in Atlanta, from Gardner's official biographer, Dana Richards:

8) Speaking of Martin, link to a YouTube promotion for a Martin Gardner-inspired analytical hand-held puzzle:

9) In words and pictures, Ben Orlin contends that mathematics is "Big ideas from many angles":

10) Though I can't be certain, Matt Briggs appears to be writing a statistics/philosophy/epistemology book (sort of):

11) Mark Chu-Carroll tackles manifolds and topology here:

12) An introduction to Python programming here:

13) Lastly, @Pickover and @WWMGT pass along this bit on a Chinese man who has "re-invented the wheel" for bicyclists:

now get thee to reading these... because on Sunday I'll have a new longish post up (education-related), with plenty more links...

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