...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.

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"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, May 2, 2014

Friday Catch-up



This week's potpourri batch of links:

1) The below is a 2+ years-old post, but I only came across it last week when no less than Terry Tao referenced it in a comment left over at "Mathbabe" blog:
http://m-phi.blogspot.com/2011/10/inconsistency-of-pa-and-consensus-in.html

For the philosophically and foundationally-minded, it's an interesting discussion of consensus in mathematics (and how that may differ from consensus in other fields).

2)  Another oldie-but-goodie: Steve Mirsky re-tweeted this old Scientific American podcast (27-mins.) that shouldn't be missed… Douglas Hofstadter talking about Martin Gardner, following his death in 2010:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/remembering-martin-gardner-with-dou-10-05-24/

3) Thoughtful post on flipped classrooms from Robert Talbert (a good one if you're contemplating or doing a flipped classroom):
http://tinyurl.com/mmy5y96

4) Fascinating piece on algebraic numbers, Ken Ono, and Ramanujan here:
http://esciencecommons.blogspot.com/2014/04/mathematicians-trace-source-of-rogers.html

5) Revisiting Ramsey Theory and tiling planes (h/t to Jennifer Ouellette for this one):
http://tinyurl.com/mcovoyg

6) And uh-ohhh, supporters of Common Core may have finally gone too far… it's one thing to draw the ire of Diane Ravitch, but now (and if you follow math news you couldn't have missed this, it got such wide coverage) they've upset Louis CK!:
http://www.businessinsider.com/louis-ck-math-homework-2014-4
(and Louis has continued the cynical tweets since the above were recorded)

7) The week wouldn't be complete without some statistics-bashing… this guide fills the bill:
http://www.statisticsdonewrong.com/

8) A couple of Colm Mulcahy wrap-ups to Math Awareness Month (April) here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/colm-mulcahy/mathematics-awareness-month_b_5239135.html
http://cardcolm-maa.blogspot.com/2014/04/foregone-outset.html

9)  Fibonacci as the precursor of Steve Jobs... courtesy of Keith Devlin:
http://devlinsangle.blogspot.com/2014/05/deja-vu-all-over-again-fibonacci-and.html

And if you missed my interview with blogger Mike Lawler last Sunday, catch up on that right before this post (in a few more years maybe I'll interview his kids!).

.... A great weekend to all.

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