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Friday, April 22, 2016

The Friday Mix


Ten from this week:

1) John Horgan has a long interview with Scott Aaronson (...who, I'll AGAIN subliminally remind the MacArthur Foundation, ought receive a Mac Fellowship) over at Scientific American:
http://tinyurl.com/h565aa8

2)   Last week's TED Radio Hour was all about math (though I believe it's a re-run):
http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/?sc=embed&f=225426662&showDate=2016-04-15

3)  Peter Woit gives a positive review of the new Ramanujan film:
http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=8427

4)  Jim Propp celebrates math... at a birthday party:
https://mathenchant.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/the-paintball-party-problem-and-the-habit-of-symmetry/

5)  The Wallis Sieve via Evelyn Lamb:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/a-few-of-my-favorite-spaces-the-wallis-sieve/

6)  Enter this contest. You might win:
http://blogs.ams.org/mathgradblog/2016/04/20/sale-baby-shoes-worn/#sthash.2Z2JMwpN.dpbs

7)  Math, the brain, and language:
https://anthonybonato.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/this-is-your-brain-on-mathematics/

8)  12-min. YouTube interview with Australia's Nalini Joshi:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7-MAdUPGhQ

9)  A blogger writing posts introducing Bayesian analysis:
https://alexanderetz.com/understanding-bayes/

10) Jo Boaler offers a simple-sounding problem for Numberplay this week:
http://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/18/boaler-math-mindset/


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

1)  90-min. podcast of Sam Harris in discussion with physicist Max Tegmark:
https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/the-multiverse-you-you-you-you

2)  Tom Siegfried ponders the possibility of extraterrestrials:
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/humans-have-pondered-aliens-medieval-times



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