...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, February 6, 2015

Another Week in the Math Blogosphere & Beyond


ICYM any of these:

1)  Having fun teaching calculus to non-calculus people:
https://napmath.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/delicious-lessons-in-calculus/

2)  Evelyn Lamb covered the current measles outbreak this week with emphasis on a key number:
http://tinyurl.com/qffnzyk

3)  Cathy O'Neil on math and medals:
http://horizonsaftermath.blogspot.com/2015/02/i-love-math-and-i-hate-fields-medal.html

4)  "Futility Closet" offers up a paradox very reminiscent of Aristotle's "wheel paradox":
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/02/01/the-coin-paradox/

5)  If you're into some of the critical names and issues surrounding applied statistics (especially in the social sciences) then this longish Deborah Mayo post is sure to entertain:
http://errorstatistics.com/2015/01/31/2015-saturday-night-brainstorming-and-task-forces-1st-draft/
...also at Deborah's blog this week a guest post from Stephen Senn on statistically pooled data:
http://errorstatistics.com/2015/02/05/stephen-senn-is-pooling-fooling-guest-post/

6)  And a piece from the Washington Post also outlining two big issues for science: 1) explaining its findings to the public and 2) reproducibility:
http://tinyurl.com/n2sc3ek

7)  I suspect these logic tasks/puzzles (Wason Selection Task) are familiar to most readers here, but if they're not, you should work through them, or perhaps try them out on some friends:
http://www.philosophyexperiments.com/wason/Default.aspx
...and many more conundrums from this site listed here:
http://www.philosophyexperiments.com/

8)  Not math, but just some nutty, ongoing fun from Andrew Gelman this week:
http://andrewgelman.com/2015/01/15/picking-ideal-seminar-speaker-ultimate-bracket/
http://andrewgelman.com/2015/02/02/deciding-ultimate-seminar-speaker-rules/

9)  H/T to John Allen Paulos for pointing me to this interview ("The Stuff of Proof") with philosopher/writer Penelope Maddy on foundational aspects of mathematics; it's pretty 'meta' and philosophical, but if you like that sort of thing, quite interesting:
http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/the-stuff-of-proof/

10)  An intro to some topology ideas from "ThatsMaths":
http://thatsmaths.com/2015/02/05/perelmans-theorem-who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire/

11)  A quick note that Max Tegmark's "Our Mathematical Universe" and Nate Silver's "The Signal and the Noise" are both newly-out in paperback.

12)  pick and choose from MikesMathPage weekly entries:
http://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/
...By the way, at the end of a number theory post today, Mike especially recommends the following 3-min. video of award-winner Manjul Bhargava, for young people interested in math:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20140812-the-musical-magical-number-theorist/ 


The Potpourri BONUS (just extra NON-math links for your enjoyment) :

FOUR-for-the-price-of-1... I love bird nestcam websites of which there are now a large selection on the internet... a few current favorites:

a.  Two Great Horned Owl sites:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/57878544
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/46/Great_Horned_Owls/

b.  California hummingbird nestcam:
http://www.bellahummingbird.com/

c.  Albatross nestcam (Hawaii):
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/41/Laysan_Albatross/

(CAUTION: these live webcams can prove hopelessly addictive, rendering the viewer incapable of proceeding with work or other activities!)


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