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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, October 16, 2015

Some Stuff From the Week In Math


The weekly mix:

1)  Quanta Magazine's latest monthly puzzle column:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20151008-symmetry-math-curves-puzzle/

2)  Mathemagic fun from Futility Closet:
www.futilitycloset.com/2015/10/11/remainders/

3) ...and mathematicians via 3 Quarks Daily (h/t John Allen Paulos):
http://tinyurl.com/p6upg6t

4)
  A little tidbit on the art of translation from Brian Hayes:
http://bit-player.org/2015/lost-in-translation

5)  ICYMI, "The Importance of Recreational Math" from the NY Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/opinion/the-importance-of-recreational-math.html

6)  The Social Security number and identification:
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-way-we-use-social-security-numbers-is-absurd/


7) 
Andrew Gelman, once more on p-values:
http://andrewgelman.com/2015/10/13/what-do-you-learn-from-p-05-this-example-from-carl-morris-will-blow-your-mind/

8)  Ben Orlin's little round-faced friends question the meaning of counting:
http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2015/10/14/counting-to-five-is-harder-than-you-think/

9)  "Denominator blindness"... I'd not heard the term before, but I like it... h/t to Cathy O'Neil for this Bloomberg article:
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-10-14/don-t-be-blinded-by-big-scary-numbers

10)  Chaos, ecology, dynamic modeling:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20151013-chaos-theory-and-ecology/

11)  Some upcoming awards, math, and other links via Peter Woit:
http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=8040

12)  Reminders that there is always good stuff at Mike's Math Page:
https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/
....and later on Friday afternoon, Presh Talwalkar does his own linkfest of picks from the week:
http://mindyourdecisions.com/blog/

[p.s., on Sunday here at MathTango, I'll rant about the "hot-hand fallacy."]


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

1)  I always enjoy reading John Brockman's anthologies of science essays centered around some single question. His latest, "What To Think About Machines That Think" is no exception, with close to 200 contributors (I think it's his longest volume in the series):
http://edge.org/annual-question/what-do-you-think-about-machines-that-think

2)  With Halloween around the corner, perhaps a fine time to check in with Henri Le Chat:





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