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Friday, September 11, 2015

Math From the Week...


A little of this, a little of that:

1)  A review of Ed Frenkel's "Love and Math" that touches upon a surprising number of thoughts/ideas:
http://www.science20.com/physics_foundations/love_math_a_review_of_edward_frenkels_bestseller_a_math_planetarium-157069

2)  At the 4-year anniversary point, Deborah Mayo posts a summary of her "Error Statistics" blog:
http://errorstatistics.com/2015/09/05/all-she-wrote-so-far-error-statistics-philosophy-4-years-on/

3)  Scott, Scott, Scott!!

Scott Aaronson did an "Ask Me Anything" posting at his blog "Shtetl-Optimized" and at least some of the 150+ questions/answers are math-related:
http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=2458

 Nautilus ran a little intro to P vs. NP also featuring Scott:
http://nautil.us/blog/what-if-solving-math-problems-were-as-easy-as-checking-solutions

And finally, speaking of Scott, I recently re-visited a post of his I loved and linked to several weeks ago, and discovered there were now well over 100 comments to it (many interesting ones, though may be too-meta for many readers):
http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=2410

4)  Don't know if this will catch on or not, but one blogger suggests that MTBoS folks generate their own collection of math stock photos:
http://mathybeagle.com/2015/09/05/hey-mtbos-its-stockphoto-time/

5)  Natalie Wolchover updates us on quantum computing and encryption:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150908-quantum-safe-encryption/

6)  "The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics" is now out:
http://experimentalmath.info/blog/2015/09/the-princeton-companion-to-applied-mathematics-is-out-at-last/

7)  Ben Orlin explains exponentiation (in his own inimitable way)... and also explains why he does what he does:
http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2015/09/09/the-exponential-bait-and-switch/

8)  Numberphile tackles infinitesimals:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYijIV5JrKg&feature=youtu.be

9)  Another review (in Harvard Magazine) of one of my favorite books from the year, Michael Harris's "Mathematics Without Apologies" (h/t Jordan Ellenberg):
http://harvardmagazine.com/2015/08/mathematics-from-the-inside-out

10)  Yesterday, Cathy O'Neil linked to a couple of interesting reads on gender stereotypes and inclusivity in STEM:
http://mathbabe.org/2015/09/10/bloggy-young-nerd-women/

11)  Tim Gowers, who spearheaded an earlier boycott of publisher Elsevier, announces a new "arXiv overlay journal," "Discrete Analysis":
https://gowers.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/discrete-analysis-an-arxiv-overlay-journal/

12)  Ken Ono, his students, and the Ramanujan story:
http://www.emory.edu/EMORY_MAGAZINE/issues/2015/summer/features/Ono.html#Ono


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

1)  If you missed it, an interesting FB entry from a Duke University neuroscience post-doc this week, announcing his resignation and academic exasperation (...among other things, he'll be pursuing a proof of the Goldbach conjecture!):
https://www.facebook.com/jfgariepyneuro/posts/466442776860755


2)  In a sort of twist on some other 'bias' studies, a fellow named Michael was unable to get his poetry published 'til he changed his name to "Yi-Fen Chou":
http://tinyurl.com/q4kn9p6

(...as always, let me know ASAP of any broken/incorrect links.)


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