...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.

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"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, August 29, 2014

Friday Wrap-up


Another week from the world of math:

1)  Article touting the role of rote memorization in early math education:
http://tinyurl.com/lj759wd

2)  Fawn Nguyen describes the beginning of her classroom school year, as perhaps only she can:
http://fawnnguyen.com/first-two-days-school/

3)  LA Times op-ed on the gender-gap in mathematics:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-su-women-in-mathematics-20140826-story.html

4)  Of sheepdogs, herding, and mathematics:
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28936251

5)  For some reason I've never much cared for Sudoku but do enjoy Ken-Ken, and apparently someone finds the latter useful as a classroom tool as well:
http://www.mrlsmath.com/free-teaching-tool-kenken-classroom/ 

6)  Evelyn Lamb promotes proofs by contradiction this week at "Roots of Unity":
http://tinyurl.com/p7dogqr 

7)  Week wouldn't feel complete without linking to at least one Common Core-related post:
http://www.mathforgrownups.com/common-core-common-sense-myths-about-the-standards-part-4/

8)  And in the more-physics-than-math category I'll toss in another fascinating read from Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine on recently discovered "tetra quarks" (particle physics just goes on and on and on!):
http://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20140827-quark-quartet-fuels-quantum-feud/

9)  Lastly, I'll re-cite a couple of Math-Frolic posts from the end of last week for any who missed them, because I thought the short video "Prime Verite" was cool (and it involves the Freeman Dyson/Hugh Montgomery interaction I've referenced before):
http://math-frolic.blogspot.com/2014/08/short-film-about-prime-numbers.html

…and the James Tanton video from the day before the above relates to the same notion:
http://math-frolic.blogspot.com/2014/08/epiphanies.html


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