...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, January 8, 2016


a few of the things that caught my eye this week:

1)  John Baez looks ahead at his future Web activity:

2)  Over at Computational Complexity blog Bill Gasarch makes some predictions for the year ahead:

3)  DataGenetics blog gives us more-than-the-usual detail on the Koch snowflake:

4)  I've referenced "non-transitive dice" at Math-Frolic before, but they're usually comprised of the numbers/faces 1 through 6 that are used on standard dice. This week, Alexander Bogomolny tweeted five die utilizing numbers 1 through 30, that are also non-transitive:

...and at his own site he references a total of SEVEN sets of 5 non-transitive die:

5)  Presh Talwalkar's 'game theory' problem of the week will give your brain a workout:

6)  Terry Tao on the notion of "equality" (h/t to Patrick Honner for this one):

7)  Andrew Gelman on the controversial PACE study (chronic fatigue syndrome) and yes/no, deterministic thinking:

8)  Well, this probably isn't going to help calm down all the furor around Common Core:

9)  Jason Rosenhouse tackles the Creationists' use of mathematics in their arguments:

10)  Yummm... tiling a pizza (with 'odd-gon' pieces):

11)  Will just note that this year's Joint Math Meetings in Seattle run THROUGH TOMORROW (Sat.), and can be followed a bit via the Twitter hashtag #JMM16.

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

1)  A week ago,
Krista Tippett re-ran an episode with folksinger, "prairie mystic" Carrie Newcomer (...a beautiful hour; listen for the conversation, or just for the music):

2)  All the responses to the 2015 Edge annual question:

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