...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 17, 2016

This and That From the Week


Friday linkfest:

1)  Nice article on mathematician/Fields-Medalist Manjul Bhargava:

 ...speaking of stats, "10 simple rules for effective statistical practice" via PLoS:

3) The 135th "Carnival of Mathematics" (good stuff):

4)  Futility Closet harks back to a variation on Monty Hall problem in an interesting post:

5)  Programming and math education (longish-read):
6)  Interview with combinatorics professor Alan Frieze:

7)  Quanta Magazine with thoughts and questions on infinity:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160616-infinity-puzzle/

8)  Not really math, but I overviewed Sean Carroll's latest book, "The Big Picture" earlier in the week:

...and in a similar vein, an interesting overview from Michael Harris of Stephon Alexander's "The Jazz of Physics" here:



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


1)  A farewell to Garrison Keillor:

2)  People may be sick of the ongoing coverage and debate, but I'll still pass along the NY Times editorial on the "NRA's complicity in terrorism":