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Friday, July 17, 2015

Grab Bag From the Week


The week gone by:

1)  enjoyed this tweet from last weekend:

...and Presh Talwalkar tackled the above problem here:
http://tinyurl.com/o9e7z9g

2)  A profile of 6 Indians following in the "footsteps" of Ramanujan:
http://mintonsunday.livemint.com/news/meet-the-heirs-to-ramanujan%E2%80%99s-genius/2.3.3593071363.html

3)  During the week, Fawn Nguyen found this nice problem-solving site for young people:
http://www.1001mathproblems.com/

...and here, another interesting-looking puzzle site that popped up on Twitter:
http://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/dara-o-briain-school-of-hard-sums/seeall/2194/

4) 
Evelyn Lamb on prepping for the International Mathematical Olympiad:
http://tinyurl.com/q6tqtxd

5)  Using math to untangle "controlled chaos":
http://blog.cosmosmagazine.com/blog/2015/7/14/mathematician-devises-equations-to-untangle-controlled-chaos

6)  Colm Mulcahy's wonderful review of the new John Conway biography:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/colm-mulcahy/john-h-conway-genius-at-p_b_7749796.html

7) 
Ben Orlin on the harmonic series, 9's... and, the DMV:
http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2015/07/15/the-strange-music-of-the-harmonic-series/

8)  Of network complexity and "explosive percolation, via Quanta Magazine:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150714-explosive-percolation-networks/

9) 
Interview with Ben Goldacre on statistics here:
http://tinyurl.com/ps724n8

10)  Some interesting references/links (on Grothendieck, and some French mathematical unification) included in the latest post from Peter Woit:
http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=7854

11) 
A bright future ahead likely for applied math jobs built upon internships (via American Scientist):
http://www.americanscientist.org/blog/pub/internships-connect-math-students-to-new-career-paths

12)  I haven't honestly explored these enough to even understand them, but looks like something several readers might find interesting:
http://themathkid.tumblr.com/post/124195368919/theres-some-fascinating-research-happening-now

13)  And more than a little math goin' on here:
https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/



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

1)  TEDRadioHour replayed a fascinating old segment on Luis Von Ahn and his "Captcha" and "duolingo" collaborative projects:
http://www.npr.org/2013/10/04/191620023/can-you-crowdsource-without-even-knowing-it

2)  Richard Elwes posts his thoughts on learning from babies:
http://richardelwes.co.uk/2015/07/16/learning-to-learn-from-babies/



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