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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, December 5, 2014

First Potpourri of December


Dig in....

1)  For the puzzle-minded, John Allen Paulos wrote up this clever one last weekend:
http://tinyurl.com/kungkts

2)   Evelyn Lamb experiences "existential angst" over music and integers... and that's a fascinating thing for the rest of us (but what would Sartre think? ;-):
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2014/11/30/the-saddest-thing-i-know-about-the-integers/

3)  In praise of Inquiry-based Learning (IBL) (h/t to Patrick Honner for pointing out this AMS piece):
http://tinyurl.com/p4stnh8

4)   Laura at "Math For Grownups" wants to interview people about how they use math in their jobs/careers:
http://www.mathforgrownups.com/let-me-interview-you-for-a-math-at-work-monday-post/

5)  Matt Parker is excited about the Stern-Brocot sequence. See why, via Numberphile:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpwUVExX27E&feature=youtu.be

6)  Someone (I lost track of who) tweeted a link this week to this relatively new site that looks interesting (for sparking mathematical thought/ideas):
http://maththunks.weebly.com/

7)  Alexander Bogomolny reviewed "The Best Writing On Mathematics 2014" here:
http://tinyurl.com/p28acrz

8)  The fascinating case of a misprint in a 1970 math paper that gets Brian Hayes investigating:
http://bit-player.org/2014/four-fifths-a-fifth

9)  Not even exactly sure why, but a basic piece on prime numbers made it into the "Business Insider" yesterday:
http://www.businessinsider.com/prime-number-unsolved-problems-2014-12

10)  Per usual, you can check out MikesMathPage to see what Mike Lawler & the boys have been up to this week:  http://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/
Since we're approaching gift-giving time, you might want to start with Mike's positive review of a recent new math board game from our fellow bloggers over at Math For Love:
http://tinyurl.com/pc6hxcu

11)  And lastly, I'm still curious (over at Math-Frolic) if anyone knows who "Andy Naughton" is and how did he end up reading minds? ;-) :
http://math-frolic.blogspot.com/2014/12/deja-vu-revisiting-flash-mind-reader.html

Have a good weekend all!....


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