Some things that caught my eye this week (when my power was on!):

**1)**Evelyn Lamb with some wonderful math history in a few telling letters betwixt Gauss and Sophie Germain:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2015/02/13/gauss-and-germain-on-pleasure-and-passion/

**2)**Having some fun with Wolfram/Alpha:

**http://tinyurl.com/jwqb52n**

**https://twitter.com/wacnt**

**3)**Entertaining podcast interview (40 mins.) with Jordan Ellenberg:

http://www.maureenanderson.com/images/stories/audio/013115hour1.mp3

**4)**A bit of number-fun from Gary Davis and Ben Vitale:

http://www.blog.republicofmath.com/the-number-3608528850368400786036725/

**5)**Andrew Gelman notes the problem of press releases and mathematical hype in this quick post:

http://andrewgelman.com/2015/02/22/academics-made-accountable-exaggerations-press-releases-work/

**6)**Wow! I see from Princeton University Press's Spring catalogue that an

__800+__page "comprehensive" biography of Euler (by Ronald Calinger) is on the way... for ~$50.

Now, how about a bio of Riemann next! ;-)

**7)**Math podcasts are "burgeoning," and the key is to "tell a story"... read all about it:

http://blogs.ams.org/blogonmathblogs/2015/02/23/math-for-your-ears/#sthash.EOnYonKv.dpbs

**8)**An interview with Ken Ono, mostly on his study of Ramanujan's work, with some update on the upcoming movie about Ramanujan's life:

**http://gonitsora.com/in-conversation-with-prof-ken-ono/**

**9)**A research journal (in social psychology!) has banned the reporting of p-values (h/t to Jordan Ellenberg for this one):

**http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/01973533.2015.1012991**

**10)**This site has made an interactive version of Newcomb's Paradox (and is researching responses to the classic conundrum):

**http://www.philosophyexperiments.com/newcomb/**

(h/t to Colm Mulcahy for this one)

**11)**A bunch of mathy links associated with the Cambridge Science Festival, given here:

http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-cambridge-science-festival

**12)**Hannah Fry reviews Cedric Villani's "

**Birth of a Theorem**" for

**The Guardian**:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/25/birth-of-a-theorem-mathematical-adventure-cedric-villani-review

**13)**Mike Lawlers' place on the Web:

**https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/**

....and on Sunday I'll have another new interview up here, so y'all come back now!

Potpourri

**BONUS!**(extra NON-mathematical links of interest):

1) Last week's

**NPR TEDRadioHour**("

*The Unknown Brain*") started off with what may still be my all-time favorite TED Talk, neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor's remarkable viral 2008 story of experiencing her own stroke:

http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/384949524/the-unknown-brain

If somehow you've missed it, listen to at least her first segment on the show, but the whole hour is great.

2) And a couple of interesting reads from

**Aeon**magazine (also, neuroscience-related):

a) the tendency of fiction to 'trump fact' on the Web:

http://aeon.co/magazine/culture/should-you-fact-check-your-grandmas-facebook-posts/

and,

b) human brain elasticity:

http://aeon.co/magazine/psychology/can-i-make-my-brain-as-plastic-as-a-childs/