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"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show." ---Bertrand Russell (1907) Rob Gluck

"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, July 8, 2016

Friday Math-mix


Miscellany from the week:

1)  Fantastic primer on Bayesian statistics (h/t Gary Davis):

2)  Feynman on Fermat's Last Theorem:

3)  More on infinity from Quanta:

4)  This is a few weeks old but Steve Strogatz just pointed it out this week... one teacher's decision to leave the field early (...after 29 years)... nothing that others haven't said, but still sad to read:
5) John Baez continues his mind-blowing exploration of the exploration of the exploration ;-) of infinity in these two posts:


6)  James Grime and Numberphile on anti-prime numbers (or "highly composite numbers" via Ramanujan):

7)  Dave Richeson explained the math behind a fantastic optical illusion:
https://divisbyzero.com/2016/07/05/sugiharas-circlesquare-optical-illusion/

8)  I'm not in the loop of primary/secondary education, so only follow a small number of bloggers/tweeters who cover that area. And there are so many math-problem sites on the Web at this point I don't try keeping track of them any longer. But with all that said, I'll put in a plug for this site that looked interesting (it's not new, but I only came across it this week):

9)  More physics than math... any story on Richard Feynman from a physicist is usually wonderful, including this one from Frank Wilczek:
10)  Finally, if you missed the Math-Frolic post yesterday, I'm asking to hear stories from folks about their earliest memories of being drawn to numbers and mathematics:


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

1)  this segment ("Past Life Detective") of NPR's "Snap Judgment" from last week was oddly fascinating:

2)  Science writer George Johnson, interesting as always, this time on the subject of consciousness:

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