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Friday, May 20, 2016

Weekend Reads


Perhaps to compensate for last week's short list, a longer math potpourri this week:

1)  The "bigger problems" of science, from Andrew Gelman, over at Retraction Watch:
http://retractionwatch.com/2016/05/19/retractions-arent-enough-why-science-has-bigger-problems/

2)  This is old, but just crossed my screen this week: An old Quora thread with a wide variety of riddles/puzzles (some good, fresher ones among many old standbyes):
https://www.quora.com/Whats-a-riddle-that-many-people-of-above-average-intelligence-cannot-solve

3)  Speaking of Quora, Scott Aaronson did an "Ask Me Anything" session there this week:
https://www.quora.com/session/Scott-Aaronson/1?share=1

4)  The latest "Carnival of Mathematics" here:
http://hardmath123.github.io/carnival-of-mathematics-134.html

5)  A little overview of 'big data' from plus Magazine:
https://plus.maths.org/content/big-data

6)  Wonderful Fermat history from Jim Propp:
http://tinyurl.com/z34n9vb

7)  The Aperiodical paid tribute to Solomon Golomb:
http://aperiodical.com/2016/05/solomon-golomb-1932-2016/

8)  56-min. video... Marcus du Sautoy on his new book, "What We Cannot Know":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbo3NZdReEg

9)  Ben Orlin answers 2 questions at one time -- "Will this be on the test?" and "Will this end up in a cartoon?":
http://tinyurl.com/gram5lu

10)  If you like a little physics mixed in with your math, another fun Numberphile video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEpQ8YxupfQ [corrected]

(not sure, but Tadashi Tokieda may be surpassing James Grime as my favorite Numberphile presenter! ;-)

11)  Allen Downey cheerleads for Bayesian statistics:
http://allendowney.blogspot.com/2016/05/learning-to-love-bayesian-statistics.html

12)  Probably no surprise to anyone, Andrew Wiles wins the Abel Prize:
https://thatsmaths.com/2016/05/19/andrew-wiles-wins-2016-abel-prize/

13)  Scientific American investigates a couple of very large numbers:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/video/epic-math-battles-go-versus-atoms/

14)  Ken Ono profiled and interviewed in Quanta Magazine, just yesterday:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160519-ken-ono-mathematician-inspired-by-ramanujan/

15)  Adam Kucharski talks about the mathematics of gambling (7-min. podcast; you may want to check out some of the older "related content" that is listed as well):
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/specials/show/20160516-2/

16)  Another podcast of Keith Devlin offering his view of math education (...and introducing me to an image I shan't forget: "chocolate-covered broccoli"):
http://ijpr.org/post/learning-and-using-math#stream/0


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

1)  This is just the bizarre account of an "aphantasiac" (Blake Ross at Vox) describing his inability to 'visualize' as others do:
http://www.vox.com/2016/5/19/11683274/aphantasia


2)  ...and of a quite different mood, this powerful piece of writing on rape, that manages to tread a delicate line between heavy and light (h/t to Susan Lerner):
http://booth.butler.edu/2016/05/13/how-to-write-a-rape-piece-if-you-really-feel-you-must/



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