...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.

"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 13, 2015

'nother Week's Cornucopia of Math

A non-spooky Friday-the-13th! edition of potpourri:

1)  A summary of some recent math events from "Math Drudge":

2)  Peter Woit gives this interview with Ed Witten a big thumbs-up (covers some thoughts on number theory, Langlands program, dualities, and other recent advances at the interface of math and physics):

3)  A bit about thinking 'fast and slow' in this post on the "cognitive reflection test" and creativity:

4)  Analyzing the long-and-the-short of crossword puzzles... an interesting (as always) tidbit from "Futility Closet":

By the way, on a side-note, if you've never seen what some consider the cleverest NYT crossword puzzle of all time ('predicting' the 1996 U.S. Presidential election) you should check that out:


5)  A longread:  in this, a further year of Alan Turing remembrances, Neil Gershenfeld reminds us why Claude Shannon also deserves much recognition:

6)  The latest incarnation of Keith Devlin's "Introduction to Mathematical Thinking" course starts up this weekend:

7)  The newest "Carnival of Mathematics" up here:

8)  Khan Academy is launching "LearnStorm" a new initiative in math skills learning/competition, initially for 3rd through 12th graders in some California counties (to be broadened out if successful):

9)  Game theory via Freeman Dyson and William Press in Quanta Magazine:

10)  H/T to John Golden for pointing out this Boston Globe opinion piece by a math teacher weighing in on the education debates:

11)  Pick-and-choose from MikesMathPage here :

12)  And with tomorrow being Valentine's Day, MathMunch offers an appropriate posting:

...and for Math-Frolic, I once had a semi-Valentine's tradition of referencing this old Jennifer Ouellette post... I'll do so again:

P.S. --  Sunday, here at MathTango, I'll be reviewing Michael Harris's remarkable new book "Mathematics Without Apologies."


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

1)  If you love the poetry of Mary Oliver you'll want to hear last week's podcast episode of Krista Tippett's "On Being" in which she interviews Mary for an hour (...and if you don't love the poetry of Mary Oliver, well, what... is... friggin' WRONG... with you!? ;-):

2)  And from NPR another fantastic "Invisibilia" episode this week on the encroachment of computers in our lives, cool or creepy?:

[...please let me know ASAP of any broken/bad links]

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