...a companion blog to "Math-Frolic," specifically for interviews, book reviews, weekly-linkfests, and longer posts or commentary than usually found at the Math-Frolic site.

"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show." ---Bertrand Russell (1907) Rob Gluck

"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, November 6, 2015

That Was the Math Week That Was

So much math, so little time....

1)  Jordan Ellenberg with another of those viral-type math probability problems (which he relates back to the 'hot-hand' controversy):

And another problem, this time geometric, making some waves:

...and still some more monthly puzzles here:

3)  Evelyn Lamb gathered together a few of her scariest posts for Halloween last week:

4)  "Mathematics Rising" blog once again on some of Gregory Chaitin's and David Deutsch's work:

Peter Smith has put up a "gentle introduction" to category theory (160-pg. pdf):

6)  Most articles I read these days about MOOCs are about their lack of success... so, nice to read something more favorable for a change:

7)  There were plenty of tributes to George Boole this week, on the occasion of his 200th birthday, including Colm Mulcahy's:

8)  New 6-min. overview of Ramanujan's life on YouTube:

9)  Among his many entries for the week Mike Lawler covered a fun construction problem introduced by Patrick Honner:


Ben Orlin's commentary of the week:

11)  BBC Radio discussion (podcast) of P vs. NP (starts at ~2:00 mark):

...also related to P vs. NP, major rumored (and highly technical) news of the week reported by Scott Aaronson and Godel's Lost Letter :

12)  And because we can never read too much about Ramanujan:

13)  The ever-entertaining Matt Parker explains the British lottery (via YouTube):
A quick note that Martin Gardner's autobiography, "Undiluted Hocus Pocus," is newly-out in paperback this week.
And finally, if you missed any of the Math-Frolic links this week (Mon., Tues., Thur., and today!) you should check them out for some further reads.

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

1)  Cosmologist Martin Rees argues that if we make contact with advanced extraterrestrials they will likely be machine-like rather than organic:

2)  A fascinating bit on Steve Jobs and Wozniak, pre-Apple, as 'phone phreaks,' hacking the phone system (ohh those younguns!):

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