...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, January 2, 2015

New Year Potpourri


Happy 2015, all... and with no further adieu, some of the surprisingly full week of math posts that were out there:

1)  Yet another remembrance of Alexander Grothendieck:
http://education.lms.ac.uk/2014/12/alexander-grothendieck-some-recollections/

Also, a reminder, if you haven't already read Lior Pachter's incredible longread post (inspired in part by a Grothendieck obituary) about the disparate "two cultures" of math and biology, DO IT:
https://liorpachter.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/the-two-cultures-of-mathematics-and-biology/

2)  IF you're deep into chess, specifically machine-chess, you won't want to miss this Ken Regan post:
http://rjlipton.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/the-new-chess-world-champion/

3)  Blogger Kristin tries to analyze the meaning and role of "intuition" in math-learning in a post that was inspired by a Twitter "conversation":
http://mathmindsblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/intuition-in-learning-math/

4)  Presh Talwalkar solves an infinite exponential in less than 60 seconds (video)... be sure to read the comments as well:  http://ow.ly/GwcV9

5)  Deborah Mayo goes down memory lane with a post on power in error statistics:
http://tinyurl.com/jwffkan

6)  Mike Lawler reviewed his blogging year (although he's posted so much great stuff, I think he barely scratches the surface here):
http://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/blogging-year-in-review/
(...and of course check out Mike's other posts from the week, as well)

And Evelyn Lamb likewise did a year-in-review for her blog:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2014/12/31/year-in-review/

7)  Another "Cavmaths" geometry problem:
https://cavmaths.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/a-nice-area-puzzle/

8)  This recent analysis of a year-old Marilyn vos Savant puzzle is a bit hard to follow, but perhaps interesting if you can follow it:
http://gottwurfelt.com/2014/12/29/one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-others/

...and for some entertainment read the comments at one of the forums where this was originally discussed:
http://usa.rightwingamerica.com/index.php?topic=6458.0

9)  Longish-read: some backstory on Common Core (h/t to Frank Noschese for this one):
http://tinyurl.com/pghy5nf

10)  Keith Devlin's latest post on the need for "radical changes" in education here:
http://devlinsangle.blogspot.com/2015/01/your-fathers-mathematics-teaching-no.html
...and I've just posted a response to it at Math-Frolic as well:
http://math-frolic.blogspot.com/2015/01/teach-children-well.html

11)  I'll end with a fun post from M.C. Burke closing out last year:
http://mrburkemath.blogspot.com/2014/12/two-taylor-swifts-and-sliding-yardstick.html


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