...well, not really, just another big, diverse mix this week:

**1)**"Skewes Number" is reviewed by James Grime of

*:*

**Numberphile**https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lihh_lMmcDw&feature=youtu.be

**2)**Evelyn Lamb on the Fano plane, "

*the smallest interesting space*":

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/a-few-of-my-favorite-spaces-the-fano-plane/

**3)**In a brief post, one sixth-grade teacher bemoans an experience I suspect many face as a result of the furor over Common Core:

http://nathankraft.blogspot.com/2015/10/why-common-core-why.html

**4)**Speaking of Common Core, another piece (via

*) here:*

**Medium**https://medium.com/i-math/common-core-math-is-not-the-enemy-c05b68f46b3e#.45noae4t6

**5)**Meanwhile, an elementary teacher utilizes McDonald's in the classroom:

http://exit10a.blogspot.com/2015/10/this-ones-for-robert.html

**6)**Specifically for chess fans, this interesting post from Jason Rosenhouse:

http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2015/10/26/sunday-chess-problem-51/

**7)**Mathematics in neuroscience (neuro-geometry? ;-) ..."Clique topology" applied to neuronal activity:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151019183005.htm

and http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.06172

**8)**A little history of Galois and group theory from

**plus Magazine**:

https://plus.maths.org/content/stubborn-equations

**9)**I'm sick, sick, sick of the topic... but, since others are not... a couple more pieces on "the hot hand" this week (psssst... it

*exists*):

**http://tinyurl.com/o6a8zmh (J. Ellenberg)**

**http://tinyurl.com/ousspq8 (NY Times)****The latest (91st) "**

**10)**

**" blog carnival posted here:**

*Math Teachers At Play*http://mathmamawrites.blogspot.com/2015/10/math-teachers-at-play-91.html

**Another piece on Asian rote math learning vs. Australian non-rote approach:**

11)

11)

https://theconversation.com/what-is-the-secret-to-being-good-at-maths-49222

**The latest book from Jo Boaler,**

12)

12)

**"Mathematical Mindsets,"**is newly available:

**http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470894520.html**

**13)**Richard Elwes paid tribute to British mathematician Barry Cooper, who passed away this week:

http://richardelwes.co.uk/2015/10/28/barry-cooper-1943-2015/

**14)**Another great tribute piece to Martin Gardner (who would've turned 101 this month) and some of his problems, from Colm Mulcahy:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/martin-gardner-at-101-it-s-as-not-so-easy-as-3-4-5/

**15)**Gregory Chaitin on epistemology and metabiology:

http://inference-review.com/article/an-algorithmic-god

**16)**Algorithmic flexibility, universal computing, natural/artificial sciences:

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20151027-the-physical-origin-of-universal-computing/

**17)**Lastly, some math comic-relief, from Paul Rudnick of the

**New Yorker**:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/26/diagnostic-exam-do-you-have-math-anxiety

Potpourri

**(extra NON-mathematical links of interest):**

*BONUS!***1) Latest podcast from the always quirky, unpredictable, entertaining**

*(who you can support through Patreon):*

**Futility Closet**http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/10/25/podcast-episode-79-one-square-inch-of-the-yukon/

2) Michelle Feynman interviewed (podcast, ~20 mins.) about her new book, "

**The Quotable Feynman**," on her famous father:

http://ia601506.us.archive.org/26/items/groks705/groks102115.mp3