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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, August 8, 2014

Friday Potpourri


Another week's-worth of schtuff:

1)  Sue VanHattum has started a new "Math Mama's Gazette" for students and teachers. First issue here:
http://mathmamawrites.blogspot.com/2014/08/math-mamas-gazette-issue-number-one.html

2)  Stephen Stigler's 7 pillars of statistics:
http://blogs.sas.com/content/iml/2014/08/05/stiglers-seven-pillars-of-statistical-wisdom/

3)  The fifth run of Keith Devlin's "Introduction to Mathematical Thinking" (10-week) MOOC course begins around end of September:
https://www.coursera.org/course/maththink

4)  A follow-up to last year's claimed proof for the Millennium Prize Navier-Stokes equations (now being re-worked):
http://tinyurl.com/ohm44q9

5)  No doubt, inevitable, a "Common Core Math For Parents For Dummies" is now on the way:
http://christopherdanielson.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/news-a-new-project/

6)  Frequentist and Bayesian interpretations of statistics (side-by-side):
http://www.workinginuncertainty.co.uk/probtheory_axioms.shtml

7)  Mike Lawler offers this follow-up take to a Keith Devlin blog piece:
http://tinyurl.com/leffaq5

8)  Popular science writer Carl Zimmer ventures into the land of statistics with a piece for Nautilus on the 'null hypothesis' (interestingly placed under the heading of, "Epistemology," and using Bigfoot as a working example):
http://nautil.us/issue/16/nothingness/why-we-cant-rule-out-bigfoot 

9)  And for those who just like to play with crunched numbers, here's an oddball look at taxi-driver tipping in NY City:
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-07/tipping-taxi-drivers-data-analysis-cant-explain-these-puzzles

10)  Lastly, not math, but I'll plug a small volume I just finished and enjoyed: "The Universe" edited by John Brockman. I assume a number of readers here, fancy, as I do, reading popular cosmology/physics books, though I find few I can wholeheartedly endorse for lay readers. This volume though is a wonderful compendium of many different thinkers ranging over a variety of topics/debates within cosmology, and very readable -- if you're familiar with the sorts of compendiums Brockman puts out, then you already know that you do or don't enjoy this sort of thing. Some of the essays are already dated a bit, but still a splendid collection, if this is an area you have some familiarity with.


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