...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, June 6, 2014

Friday Linkages...

Some links from the week gone by:

1) Mistakes made using statistics:

2) This pretty amazing thread showed up on Reddit last week in response to a mother's desire to encourage her young child's interest in math:

3) "Silicon Valley… is a place of endless failures" …Keith Devlin again addressing the vital importance of failure:

4) Evelyn Lamb's review of Jordan Ellenberg's new volume, "How Not To Be Wrong":

5) And wonderful (7-min.) NPR interview with Ellenberg here:
(I'll probably write some sort of review of his book myself at some point, once I've completed it… so far, luvin' it.)

6) Presh Talwalkar explaining a simple continued fraction:

7) "Gyre and Gimble" on math as pattern recognition:

8) Ben Orlin argues the SAT scoring system is gibberish here:

9) And if you don't have enough going on to fill up your weekend, have a crack at "The 10 hardest logic/number puzzles" (h/t to C. Pickover):

10) Finally, let's see, young people are stuck with student loans they can't pay off, slightly older folks are now gun-shy of the housing market, and banks have cracked down on lending anyway, so why should anyone be surprised that the housing market is in the dumps, and will remain so for the foreseeable future (...thank you George Bush):

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