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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Selections...


A few more mathy links for the weekend:

1)  If you missed Ed Frenkel on NPR's "Science Friday" a week ago, catch it here:
http://tinyurl.com/lsb6oxo

2)  From The Guardian, the statistics of medical tests:
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28166019

3)  The Pigeonhole Principle made it into some popular press this week:
http://io9.com/why-the-pigeonhole-principle-is-one-of-maths-most-power-1601025172/+estheringlis-arkell

4)  H/T to Steven Strogatz this week for tweeting a YouTube link to a U.S. Congressman (and mathematician) talking about the prime number gap problem to the House of Representatives (the audience isn't shown, so one has to imagine the yawns):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh6GCY9i6tY&list=UUlUOx6F8GKshxGBUBLkisug&index=13
…a little more background on this speech here:  http://tinyurl.com/nrf3rvk

5)  Fascinating NY Times portrait of billionaire mathematician/philanthropist James Simons:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/science/a-billionaire-mathematicians-life-of-ferocious-curiosity.html?_r=0

6)  Mathematicians and the NSA…  discussion in AMS Notices:
http://www.ams.org/notices/201406/rnoti-p623.pdf

7)  Patrick Honner introduces his "Grand Challenge For Mathematics Education" here:

http://mrhonner.com/archives/13828

8)  Evelyn Lamb writes about infinity here:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2014/07/10/the-fault-in-our-stars-infinities/

And, if you missed it, my own prior posting right here at MathTango also dealt with infinity... and award-winning writer David Foster Wallace:
http://mathtango.blogspot.com/2014/07/infinity-and-angst-david-foster-wallace.html

9)  Finally, when you're finished with this li'l math potpourri, the brand new 112th Carnival of Mathematics beckons with plenty more good stuff ready-and-waiting for you:
http://www.theoremoftheday.org/SpecialEvents/CoM112.html


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