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"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 30, 2014

Friday Links

Some links from the week gone by:

1) new issue of "The Mathematical Intelligencier":
http://link.springer.com/journal/283/36/2?wt_mc=alerts.TOCjournals

2) Video from "MinutePhysics" in which Max Tegmark once again explains his view that the Universe is entirely a mathematical construction:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGG4HmlotJE&list=UUUHW94eEFW7hkUMVaZz4eDg

3) MIT's George Luzstig was awarded the Shaw Prize in mathematics for "weaving together" algebra, algebraic geometry, and representation theory "to solve old problems and reveal beautiful new connections":
http://www.shawprize.org/en/shaw.php?tmp=3&twoid=96&threeid=234&fourid=410

4) Exciting news from Sue VanHattum… a volume she has shepherded for math teachers everywhere, "Playing With Math," is near completion. She has had three recent posts about it:
http://mathmamawrites.blogspot.com/2014/05/playing-with-math-rave-reviews-from.html
http://mathmamawrites.blogspot.com/2014/05/playing-with-math-table-of-contents.html
http://mathmamawrites.blogspot.com/2014/05/playing-with-math-authors-and-artists.html

5) Spreading outward a bit from mathematics, interesting to find two heavyweights of the blogging world, in different areas, Sean Carroll and Scott Aaronson, working together (on the topic of complexity) here:
http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=1818

6) Robert Talbert on adding "coding" to the early education regimen:
http://tinyurl.com/n6vunyx

7) Sol Lederman has posted a transcribed interview with Director of MATHCOUNTS Foundation, Lou DiGioia, here:
http://wildaboutmath.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/MathCounts.pdf
He introduces the interview here:
http://wildaboutmath.com/2014/05/12/lou-digioia-on-largest-human-pascals-triangles-and-more/

8) Wonderful review from Cathy O'Neil of Jordan Ellenberg's brand new book, "How Not To Be Wrong":
 wp.me/p1CO0X-2fP


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