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Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Potpourri


Some links from the last 10 days or so (many of which I've tweeted, but not blog-posted about):

1)  The inimitable John Conway in conversation at Numberphile (at the end speaking almost reverentially of "the Monster group"):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOCe5HUObD4&feature=youtu.be

And Numberphile's own attempt to explain the Monster group here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsSeoGpiWsw&feature=youtu.be

2) Robert Talbert continued his series about skepticism over "flipped" classrooms here:
http://tinyurl.com/lz8uqp2

3) Joselle Kehoe of "Mathematics Rising" on some of the details of the Jason Padgett "acquired savant" syndrome story:
http://mathrising.com/?p=1155

4) Monkeys, hypercubes, quaternions, and Vi Hart from Evelyn Lamb:
http://tinyurl.com/lrfqd6m

5) Some fun and interesting math history here:
http://mathematigal.com/home/2014/5/20/a-mathematical-history-tour

6) 3 camps of math students... "Muddling along," "completely lost," and "completely comfortable":
http://mathmisery.com/wp/2014/05/20/some-cute-integrals-intermission/

7) Some possible variations on the traditional "I (heart) Math" bumper sticker:
http://visualizingmath.tumblr.com/post/86363962441/i-mathematics

8) Commentary from Dan Meyer on futurists as "adaptive learning" enthusiasts:
http://tinyurl.com/odqt32y

9) Interesting post on the Friday get-togethers one university math dept. came up with to "inspire" and "hook" their math majors:
http://maamathedmatters.blogspot.com/2014/05/hooking-student_22.html

10) Lastly, a couple of probability conundrums from "Futility Closet" this week:
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/05/21/two-olive-problems/



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