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"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, February 5, 2016

Another Weekly Math-mix


1)  Latest issue of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics available:
http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol6/iss1/

2)
  Not relegated to just math, but a discouraging British piece (the Guardian) on the crisis in teaching in the UK. Is it much different in the U.S.? All the more reason to appreciate and honor the many who stick with it (like many in the MTBoS group!):
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/feb/01/schools-teachers-classroom-crisis-stress-grind

3)  I don't comprehend much about this encryption news (except that it ISN'T good news)... but I'll presume some of you can:
http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/crypto-flaw-was-so-glaring-it-may-be-intentional-eavesdropping-backdoor/

4)  Robert Talbert contemplates the 'flipped classroom' at the college level:
http://rtalbert.org/blog/2016/three-reasons-for-flipped-learning

5)  Ben Orlin is around to tell us that attitude (and editing) is everything:
http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2016/02/03/how-to-edit-your-math-pessimism/

6)  Here's a somewhat peculiar post from last month that Evelyn Lamb mentioned particularly liking this week (so maybe you will too... or maybe Evelyn is just weird ;-):
http://mathlesstraveled.com/2016/01/08/a-new-way-to-read-and-print-double-sided-paper/

7)  John Allen Paulos in discussion on MeaningOfLife.TV (a great Robert Wright site if you're not familiar with it) talking about his memoir, "A Numerate Life" (which I reviewed HERE):
http://meaningoflife.tv/videos/33461

8)  A dice game from DataGenetics:
http://datagenetics.com/blog/february12016/index.html

9)  I never know what Brian Hayes will write about next, but it's almost always interesting, as in his latest piece on "number factoids":
http://bit-player.org/2016/number-factoids

10)  Nature reports on the "reproducibility" issue in research:
http://www.nature.com/news/reproducibility-a-tragedy-of-errors-1.19264?WT.mc_id=FBK_NatureNews

11)  This Gyre & Gimble post from yesterday contains a number of "mathematical information" links mathematicians may find useful:
http://www.abstractmath.org/Word%20Press/?p=10064

12)  Cathy O'Neil on "ethical data science" (or is it an oxymoron?):
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/02/how_to_bring_better_ethics_to_data_science.html


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

1)  For any who don't already know, physicist Sean Carroll's next book, "The Big Picture," is due out in May (available for pre-order), and will apparently cover a few topics of interest ;-):

http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2015/12/10/the-big-picture-table-of-contents/

2)  In college, my actual main area of study was psycholinguistics. Last week's episode of Krista Tippett's "On Being" was a fine hour with Jean Berko Gleason, one of the eminent psycholinguists of my college years:
http://www.onbeing.org/program/unfolding-language-unfolding-life/256


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