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Friday, June 27, 2014

Headed Into The Weekend


Another week's mishmash of links:

1)  An excerpt from Alex Bellos' latest volume "The Grapes of Math":
http://tinyurl.com/ozffphx
(My own blurb about this fun volume will likely be up on Sunday.)

2)  A surprisingly involved puzzle from Presh Talwalkar last Monday:
http://mindyourdecisions.com/blog/2014/06/23/monday-puzzle-ratio-of-random-numbers/#.U6gHIqjrnKk

3)  Latest podcast guest with Sol Lederman is Sue VanHattum introducing her new volume (as editor), "Playing With Math":
http://wildaboutmath.com/2014/06/23/sue-vanhattum-inspired-by-math-38/
And here is a recent post from Sue about the book:
http://mathmamawrites.blogspot.com/2014/06/playing-with-math-can-we-keep-campaigns.html

4)  The dark side of 'big data,' from mathbabe:
http://mathbabe.org/2014/06/25/the-dark-matter-of-big-data/

5)  Dave Goldberg covers Emmy Noether:
http://io9.com/the-most-important-mathematician-youve-never-heard-of-1594835772/+dave_goldberg

6)  The awarding of the "Breakthrough" prize ($3 million) to five mathematicians earlier in week set off some debate over the appropriateness of such large award sums in science. Philip Ball of The Guardian weighed in here:
http://io9.com/the-most-important-mathematician-youve-never-heard-of-1594835772/+dave_goldberg

7)  Tangential to math, another fascinating physics piece from Natalie Wolchover, this time focused on pilot-wave theory:
http://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20140624-fluid-tests-hint-at-concrete-quantum-reality/

8) Good, longish article on importance of computer or coding literacy for the future:
http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/06/computer-science-programming-code-diversity-sexism-education

9)  And not so much math, but important reminder from Cathy O'Neil on what we, users of Google, really are:
http://mathbabe.org/2014/06/24/you-are-not-googles-customer/


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