More weekend reading:

**1)**Starting with Escher, Keith Devlin highlights the use of games and media in math education:

http://devlinsangle.blogspot.com/2015/12/life-inside-impossible-escher-figure.html

**A 'trick' chess problem from**

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**Futility Closet**http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/12/04/black-and-white-184/

**...and a little algebra from**

**as well:**

*Futility Closet***http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/12/08/product-recall/**

**Jo Boaler and "la revolution" in math teaching (h/t to Egan Chernoff):**

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https://www.tes.com/news/tes-magazine/tes-magazine/we-need-a-revolution-how-we-think-about-maths

**4)**Another odd or surprising finding from Presh Talwalkar (once again involving probability... and Santa):

**http://tinyurl.com/gvowlzn**

5)Peter Woit with a bit of update/commentary about Mochizuki's ever-complex "proof" of the ABC conjecture:

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http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=8160

**6)**From

**Quanta**, a math "quartet" seeks mathematical breakthroughs:

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20151208-four-mathematicians/

**7)**Ben Orlin offers a primer on teaching, across the years and across different levels:

http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2015/12/09/what-level-of-teaching-is-right-for-me/

**8)**The mathematics of house keys... who knew!? (be sure to also read and follow the link in Mike Lawler's initial comment to the post):

**http://mathbabe.org/2015/12/09/housekeys/**

**9)**First review I've seen of the new Euler biography from Princeton U. Press:

**http://tinyurl.com/qzawl6k**

10)entertains yet again with some peculiar polyhedra:

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*Futility Closet***Siobhan Roberts returns to us with another mathy piece on a conjecture of ErdÃ¶s, recently solved:**

http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/12/10/the-csaszar-polyhedron/

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http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/12/10/the-csaszar-polyhedron/

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https://www.simonsfoundation.org/uncategorized/new-erdos-paper-solves-egyptian-fraction-problem/

**12)**Slightly technical, but an interesting statistical dissection of a biomed paper from Chris Harrow:

https://casmusings.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/how-one-data-point-destroyed-a-study/

**13)**Not exactly a math lesson, but certainly an interesting lesson of some sort from Simon Gregg (h/t to Nalini Joshi for this one):

http://followinglearning.blogspot.ae/2015/12/making-sense.html

**Potpourri**

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

*BONUS!*Often I try to close out on an up beat note, but this week instead am just dropping in this classic, old Jacob Bronowski clip once again:

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