...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, April 10, 2015

Another Veek of Math Links... You're Velcome


Lest you missed them:

1)  A message from an Iowa teacher... that some others can probably relate to:
http://shawncornally.com/wordpress/?p=4097

2)  "Solve My Maths" blog wants to 'take back the F-word':
http://solvemymaths.com/2015/03/31/taking-back-the-f-word/

3)
  A John Conway puzzle via Futility Closet:
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/04/08/overheard-4/

4)  Mathematician Jason Rosenhouse looks at good, and not-so-good, writing:
http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2015/04/08/on-bad-writing/

5)
  Interviews with a couple of math-crowd favorites from last week:

a)  A brief transcribed interview with Steven Strogatz here:
http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/news/10.1063/PT.5.3022

b) ...and a 30-minute podcast interview with Jordan Ellenberg at ACME Science:
http://www.acmescience.com/2015/04/scc56ellenberg/

AND, in more good news for Jordan, he was just awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship! CONGRATS and well-deserved! -- one of only two mathematicians, the other being Tatiano Toro, to receive the award, which more heavily goes to recipients in the arts/humanities.

6)  Another review/update of the twin-prime conjecture proof (which, if one other conjecture is assumed true, is now down to a gap of 6):
https://plus.maths.org/content/find-gap

7)  And thoughts, from Minhyong Kim, about Mochizuki's ABC conjecture proof, via John Baez:
https://plus.google.com/117663015413546257905/posts/d1RsN4KnCUs

8)  Uhhh, "prime number magnitudes" are kinda big:
http://mathscinotes.com/2015/04/prime-number-magnitudes/

9)  The future of big data????
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/do-numbers-really-speak-themselves-big-data-john-poppelaars


10)  I'll bet Mike Lawler worked on some math this week:   
https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/

11)  And heads-up for  PBSNova show, "The Great Math Mystery" (math, invented or discovered?) coming up this Wednesday:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/great-math-mystery.html

 

Meanwhile, Sunday morning, right here, Math-Frolic Interview #30 will be posted, and appropriately for such an auspicious #, it will be with one of the premier math writers currently on the Web.


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

1)  Eric Meade, in a segment from last week's TEDTalkRadio, on the art of magic:
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/20/322537247/how-do-magicians-manufacture-reality
Reminds me of this older Ricky Gervais/David Blaine clip (not necessarily for the squeamish):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLAs11gkqKE

2)  And to close out the week, a feel-good animal story:
https://www.thedodo.com/elephant-reunion-video-thailand-1078233173.html



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