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Friday, September 4, 2015

Another Week, More Math...


ICYM any of these:

1)  More John Conway via Siobhan Roberts and Quanta Magazine:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150828-john-conway-a-life-in-games/

2)  Samantha Oestreicher writes of her journey to becoming a mathematician:
http://socialmathematics.net/2015/08/31/social-norms-and-other-challenges/

...in related matters, NPR reported this week on the math gender disparity issue in youngsters:
http://tinyurl.com/ocu8xqd

3)  Distinguishing between "a pattern" and a "repeating block" (when it comes to pi):
http://tinyurl.com/nelzwra

4) 
A new Numberphile video this week with Ed Frenkel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFkZGpN4wmM&feature=youtu.be

5) 
Joselle Kehoe takes a look at cognition by way of computers, mathematical proof, and foundational theory:
http://mathrising.com/?p=1322
 

6)  For the sake of "critical thinking," "everyone needs to take a class in statistics" (from Slate):
http://tinyurl.com/nbxsjr5

7)  NPR'
s "Science Friday" covered the replication-in-psychology controversy last Friday:
http://sciencefriday.com/segment/08/28/2015/putting-scientific-research-to-the-test.html


...and a few days ago I linked to Deborah Mayo's take on the brouhaha:
http://math-frolic.blogspot.com/2015/09/parsing-failure-to-replicate.html

8) 
h/t to Patrick Honner for passing along this interactive geometry game I'd not heard of (haven't explored it much, but if Patrick recommends it that's good enough for me):
http://isohedral.net/goodfences/

9) 
Once again, Ben Orlin grows a smile on my face... this time with Haikus! (which is your favorite?):
http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2015/09/02/the-mathematicians-haiku-book/

 (...dare he try limericks next? ;-)

10) 
This "curious equality" from Futility Closet (via John Conway) got passed around a bit during the week: 
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/09/02/a-curious-equality/

11)  Robert Talbert discusses the classic 'Wason selection test' and the importance of context:
http://rtalbert.org/blog/2015/quick-puzzle/ 

12)  Interesting ecology/nature read... the mathematics of predator-prey relations (h/t Egan Chernoff):
http://tinyurl.com/opjr5lo

13)  Mike Lawler and his two able assistants did loads of math this week:
https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com

14)  I'll end this week with Jason Rosenhouse's entry on political correctness while being a math professor:
http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2015/09/03/back-to-school/


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

a couple of 'cerebral' choices this week:

1)  h/t to Lior Pachter for pointing out this long, interesting piece on genetics and human variation:
http://cshperspectives.cshlp.org/content/7/9/a023358.full

2)  and h/t to David Montgomery for this David-Auerbach introduction to Wittgenstein:
http://tinyurl.com/qzeacu3


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