...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.

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"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, June 3, 2016

A Few Pieces From the Week


Sorry, not sure if it's summer doldrums or just lack of time on my part, but a short potpourri this week:

1)  Ed Frenkel contributed to this week's NY Times "Numberplay" column (on infinity):
http://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/05/30/frenkel-cantor/

2)  New from Numberphile:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-M_3oV75Lw

3)  A couple of popular posts about the latest combinatorial proof that 'stunned' mathematicians:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160531-set-proof-stuns-mathematicians/
https://socialmathematics.net/2016/06/01/game-set-match/?platform=hootsuite

4)  Math Munch also touched on the 'Set' game proof among its topics in their latest offering:
https://mathmunch.org/2016/06/02/set-ptolemy-and-malin-christersson/

5)  "VSauce" video on the Banach-Tarski paradox (h/t John Allen Paulos):
http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2016/06/the-banachtarski-paradox.html

6)  Space-filling curves video via Aeon:
https://aeon.co/videos/mesmerising-fractals-and-space-filling-curves-give-a-window-into-infinity

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


1)  the amazing Scott Aaronson, with a long, deep piece on his and Roger Penrose's views of AI and consciousness:
http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=2756

2)  ...and everyone knows that Fawn Nguyen writes wonderful stuff on math and teaching... and even more wonderful stuff... on life:
http://fawnnguyen.com/jewish-mother/

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