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Friday, April 8, 2016

Another Round of Math Potpourri


This week's extra servings of mathiness:

1)
  Evelyn Lamb... space-filling curves... enough said:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/a-few-of-my-favorite-spaces-space-filling-curves/

2)  For the statistics-inclined out there, Deborah Mayo follows up on p-values, Bayesian analysis, and best practices:
http://tinyurl.com/j2ekvng

3)  Math tool recommendations from a high-schooler:
http://mathbabe.org/2016/04/05/guest-post-useful-math-tools/

4)  Guardian review of new film "The Man Who Knew Infinity":
http://tinyurl.com/zk9z4g8

5)  Steven Strogatz pointed out this "mathematical etudes" site; beautiful Russian animations (no voiceover) of many mathematical ideas:
http://www.etudes.ru/en/

6) 
Online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a new entry on "supertasks":
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/spacetime-supertasks/

7)   This week Ben Orlin (and his little round friends) regaled us with fractions and their relationships:
http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2016/04/06/the-accidental-fraction-brainbuster/

8)  John Allen Paulos recently interviewed via YouTube mostly on one of his older books:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FYf7z0_zMM&feature=youtu.be

9)  If you're not already aware of "The Global Math Project" you may wish to check it out here:
https://www.theglobalmathproject.org/

10)  Finally, weird little article on "trypophobia" (fear of holes; yup you read that right); just squeaks onto my list here because of a purported connection to mathematics:
https://theconversation.com/trypophobia-the-fear-of-holes-driven-by-the-internet-and-mathematics-56928


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

1)  Buzzfeed story (from Peter Aldous & Charles Seife) on Government aerial surveillance of cities and citizens:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/peteraldhous/spies-in-the-skies

2)  Are we real or are we virtual... a recent conference of physicists debated:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-we-living-in-a-computer-simulation/


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