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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, September 5, 2014

Friday Grab-bag


This week's mathy selections:

1)  Been wantin' to catch up on your Babylonian math history? …well, Evelyn Lamb is right there for ya:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2014/08/31/look-ma-no-zero/

2)  One of my favorites, James Grime, opened a brand-spanking new website recently (good stuff):
http://www.jamesgrime.com/

3)  Math, logic, Buddhism, and more from interview with Chris Mortensen here:
http://tinyurl.com/pdmnlp9

4)  Interesting guest post on Mathbabe this week from someone who is, ahem, a generation older than Mathbabe:
http://mathbabe.org/2014/09/03/guest-post-bring-back-the-slide-rule/

5)  Mathematics and gerrymandering:
http://www.ams.org/samplings/feature-column/fc-2014-08
(h/t to Steven Sltrogatz for this one)

6)  Statistician Andrew Gelman takes both Alan Turing and Daniel Kahneman to task:
http://tinyurl.com/mcq2wa2

7)  Mark Chu-Carroll finishes up his series on Gödel Incompleteness here:
http://www.goodmath.org/blog/2014/09/03/godel-part-4-the-payoff/

8) Back to "Mathbabe" who recounts the noisiness of student evaluations here:
http://mathbabe.org/2014/09/04/student-evaluations-very-noisy-data/

9)  I'm not sure that "sampling error" gets discussed enough, but here's a start:
http://learnandteachstatistics.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/sampling-and-non-sampling-error/

10)  Finally, probably worth noting (for any science-buff who's been living under a rock the past week) that xkcd's proprietor Randall Munroe's new book, "What If?" is now out and getting fab reviews:
http://tinyurl.com/ohkuakh

(and be sure to check out the blog "meme" I've casually pitched out to all math bloggers over at Math-Frolic...)


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