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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, September 25, 2015

Math, Math... and More Math


Bursting at the seams this week:

1)  John Pavlus tries to explain, very briefly, why P vs. NP is such a big deal:
https://johnpavlus.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/p-versus-np-in-a-nutshell-and-why-its-fascinating/

2)  Another recreational math book to look forward to (but unfortunately not due out 'til January 2016, not in time for the holiday season):
http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2015/09/19/coming-soon-2/

3)  Keith Devlin has recommended the following site for some online math:
https://www.citizenmaths.com/#how-does-it-work
(I don't have any experience with it except that Dr. Devlin recommends it)

4)  Speaking of Keith, another Devlin podcast interview (38-min.), this time with Hemant Mehta:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/09/20/friendly-atheist-podcast-episode-73-dr-keith-devlin-mathematics-communicator-and-author/ 

5)  An interesting little problem, you may have missed, from DataGenetics this week:
http://datagenetics.com/blog/september42015/index.html

6)  "Mathematics Rising" blog considers the thoughts of Vladimir Voevodsky, homotypy theory, and the future of mathematics:
http://mathrising.com/?p=1328

7)  Tim Gowers wrote about Terry Tao's recent solution to the Erdős discrepancy problem:
https://gowers.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/edp28-problem-solved-by-terence-tao/

....and "Gödel's Last Letter..." covers it well here:
https://rjlipton.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/frogs-and-lily-pads-and-discrepancy/

8)  Venturing over to physics briefly, Peter Woit posts about Nima Arkani-Hamed and the future of physics:
http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=8002

9)  Guardian review of latest Alex Bellos effort, a coloring book not just for kids:
http://tinyurl.com/puupuk9

....and Aperiodical reviews it here:
http://aperiodical.com/2015/09/review-snowflake-seashell-star-by-alex-bellos-edmund-harriss/

10)  Using "Which one doesn't belong" in the classroom:
https://fivetwelvethirteen.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/which-one-doesnt-belong-three-weeks-in/
 
11)  Do you enjoy Ben Orlin's writing, drawing, perspectives?... then you'll enjoy hearing him in this 15-min. podcast:
http://challengingopinions.com/2015/09/challenging-opinions-episode-four-ben-orlin/

12)  More math education discussion/debate in NY Times:
http://tinyurl.com/pvz4d2c

13)  The world of Web algorithms:
http://tinyurl.com/ohesvl2 

...and Marcus du Sautoy on the same subject:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3sg9qt?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=BBC_iWonder 
 
14)  A link from Math-Frolic earlier in week that I think worth reiterating -- Lior Pachter's post on possible problems for Common Core:
https://liorpachter.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/unsolved-problems-with-the-common-core/


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

1)  Don't know how many of you have already seen this video that went semi-viral a couple weeks back, of an (extinct) pterosaur flying over Idaho! -- I just saw it this week and thought it was fun (despite its flaws)... most are presuming it's CGI (or some think it's a kite), but I'd find it more interesting if it's a drone dressed up in pterosaur garb:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YreRe_vkTp4
(if anyone has learned an official, definite explanation let us know; I've seen plenty of speculation)

2)  More monkeying with the copyright law:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/22/monkey-selfies-copyright-lawsuit-peta

==> per usual, please let me know of any broken/incorrect links ASAP

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