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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, November 27, 2015

This Week's Leftovers...


Thankful for another week of mathy stuff...

1) 
For the advanced amongst you, Peter Woit posts about Langlands news:
http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=8104

2) 
Arthur Benjamin interviewed (podcast, 30-mins.) about his book, "The Magic of Math":
http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/math-can-equal-fun/

3) 
Once again sweet, amiable Doron Zeilberger considers possibly telling us how he really feels ;-):
http://www.math.rutgers.edu/~zeilberg/Opinion147.html

4) 
Yet again someone tries explaining p-values:
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/not-even-scientists-can-easily-explain-p-values/

5) 
Another interesting post from Michael Harris (but I won't even attempt to synopsize what it's about!?):
https://mathematicswithoutapologies.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/a-bela-bunda-and-what-it-has-to-do-with-the-sokal-affair/

6)  And Jim Holt newly-reviews Harris's book "Mathematics Without Apologies" here (requires subscription for full access):
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/dec/03/mountains-mathematics/

7)  Erica Klarreich, excellent as always (on "the Kadison-Singer problem"):
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20151124-kadison-singer-math-problem/

8)  Of sequences and EKGs (via Quanta):
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20151125-solution-be-still-my-pulsating-sequence/

9) Sean Carroll makes an excellent choice in giving thanks this year:
http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2015/11/26/thanksgiving-10/

10)  "Retraction Watch" most often cites biomedical papers that are being retracted, but once in awhile a mathematics paper is retracted (due to honest errors):
http://retractionwatch.com/2015/11/26/honest-errors-take-down-math-paper/

11)  Hmmm... I'm wondering if even back in Civil War times kids asked, "When will I ever use this stuff?":
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/11/24/practical-math/

12)  And of course pick any day over at MikesMathPage and you'll likely find something of interest.

13)  Last weekend I reviewed John Allen Paulos' new book, "A Numerate Life," and this coming Sunday I'll have up my wrap-up of popular math books for 2015.


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


1)  Daniel Kish's incredible, inspiring story (of using human sonar to aid blindness) never fails to astound me! It was re-told on a segment of TED Radio Hour last week:
http://www.npr.org/2015/11/20/455906507/how-can-you-see-without-seeing


 2)  Not that I have any time leftover for these, but a nice list of "best podcasts" collected here:
https://medium.com/thoughts-on-media/a-huge-collection-of-the-best-podcasts-d97a13608bb4



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