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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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Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Sunday Potpourri


I was expecting a slow week in the math blogosphere... but, I was WRONG! ...PLENTY to read; here's some of it:

1)  The latest "Math Teachers At Play" Carnival here:
http://tinyurl.com/nso9c9t

2)  Five "math gems" passed along from a UK secondary math teacher:
http://www.resourceaholic.com/2014/12/gems19.html

3)   Early in the week The Aperiodical pointed out a new math app game called "Just Get10".  Check it out here (hard to tell how popular it might become; I never expected 2048 to be the 'hit' that it was):
http://www.veewo.com/games/get10/

4)  A conversation with award-winning mathematician Ken Ono:
http://tinyurl.com/pxy8xqa

5)  We hear a lot about chess, but here's a little bit of interesting checkers history from Futility Closet:
http://tinyurl.com/oya9g46

6)  The world of big data/statistics is attracting more and more STEM women:
http://tinyurl.com/n995edt

7)  Statistics making the world a better place? (via Andrew Gelman):
http://andrewgelman.com/2014/12/23/using-statistics-make-world-better-place/

8)  Fun geometry from Mike Lawler (via James Tanton and James Key and a 3-D printer):
http://tinyurl.com/lzg2kl4

9)  Another interesting piece from Evelyn Lamb, this time on the homotopy of "holes" (which end up being like Santa Claus!):
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2014/12/25/what-is-a-hole/

10)  A quick list from AMS of some celebrities who enjoy mathematics:
http://blogs.ams.org/mathgradblog/2014/12/26/celebrities-math/#sthash.TqNwebIC.dpbs

11)  In the unlikely event that some of my readers can even comprehend it, here is a recent update related to Mochizuki's proof of the ABC conjecture:
http://tinyurl.com/mw337nc

12)  Will end with another fine geometry puzzle from Stephen Cavadino:
https://cavmaths.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/rectangle-puzzle/



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