...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, September 26, 2014

Weekly Grab Bag


Have some other projects eating up my time these days so another short-list of mathy links for this week (...hope to have another interview up on site, though, sometime Sunday):

1)  Correlation is not… 50%…. Jordan Ellenberg takes issue with some New Yorker statistics:
http://quomodocumque.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/what-correlation-means/

2)  Another voice FOR Common Core:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/09/15/common-core-math-education-standards-fluency-column/15693531/

3)  Keith Devlin talks about the 5th incarnation of his MOOC "Introduction to Mathematical Thinking":
http://mooctalk.org/2014/09/21/here-we-go-again-2/

4)  Who doesn't like math podcasts!? (…uhh, don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question)… anyway, Sam Hansen has a new kickstarter project to fund a second series (anywhere from 8 to 16 episodes) of his math podcast "Relatively Prime":
http://aperiodical.com/2014/09/relatively-prime-podcast-series-2-kickstarter/

5)   Colm Mulcahy, in the Huffington Post, looks at the math connections to 5 of this year's MacArthur Fellows:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/colm-mulcahy/you-dont-have-to-be-a-gen_b_5834768.html

6)  In the news: some (potential) math behind the Ebola outbreak:
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-26/ebolas-deadly-math

7)  Will end with a fun piece today from Evelyn Lamb on a friggin' failure from Fermat:
http://tinyurl.com/k8hxg6n


  

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