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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, March 27, 2015

Math From the Week-Gone-By


Some of the things I DIDN'T cover at Math-Frolic:

1)  For any hard-core statistics readers out there, a thoughtful, longish re-post from Deborah Mayo (on objectivity in stats):
http://errorstatistics.com/2015/03/21/objectivity-in-statistics-arguments-from-discretion-and-3-reactions/

2)  And from Andrew Gelman, more interesting p-value stuff:
http://andrewgelman.com/2015/03/27/imagining-p/

3)  A new online issue of the Mathematical Intelligencer:
http://link.springer.com/journal/283/37/1/page/1

4)  And the very first online issue of math-oriented Chalkdust Magazine is available:
http://issuu.com/chalkdust/docs/main2/47?e=0/12008498

5)  'All Things Considered... Math Equals Love' -- A math teacher does NPR:
http://mathequalslove.blogspot.com/2015/03/adventures-with-npr.html

6)  In case there's anyone left who doesn't know that John Nash Jr. (famous to so many from the book/film "A Beautiful Mind") and Louis Nirenberg shared the latest Abel Prize:
http://www.abelprize.no/nyheter/vis.html?tid=63589

7)  Learning a mathematical formula versus an idea:
http://www.mustbemaths.com/2015/03/learn-formula-or-learn-idea-what-does.html

8)  Claude Shannon and information theory via +plus Magazine (2 articles):
https://plus.maths.org/content/information-surprise
https://plus.maths.org/content/information-birth-bit

9)  Yesterday Evelyn Lamb wrote on one of my favorite topics, the barely-fathomable Cantor Set
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2015/03/26/cantor-set/

10)  Lo-and-behold, Mike Lawler and the boys did more math this week ;-):  https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/

11)  ICYMI, last week I interviewed "Social Mathematics" blogger Samantha Oestreicher:
http://mathtango.blogspot.com/2015/03/samantha-oestreicher-social.html

12)  And I'll end with a couple bits of humor:
First, from the New Yorker, and passed along by both plusmath.org and Clifford Pickover (among others) this week:
https://twitter.com/plusmathsorg/status/581046887060508672

...and this from McSweeneys:
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/coffee-shop-algebra


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

1)  An overview from The Atlantic magazine of the new documentary, "Going Clear," about the secretish-cultish assemblage that consorts under the handle, "Scientology":
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/03/its-not-easy-being-scientology/388634/

2)  And, how could I NOT make mention of this fontastic bit of news -->  Comic Sans and Papyrus combined!! ;-):
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/someone-combined-the-two-worst-fonts-in-existence


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