...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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"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, August 26, 2016

Some End-of-week Picks

A short potpourri this week:

1)  One blogger's list of "7 Must-See Mathematics Movies":

2)  ...and Fawn Nguyen's "7 Deadly Sins of Teaching":

3)  Also for teachers, Christopher Danielson announces that his "Which One Doesn't Belong?" book is now in print:

4)  Brainteasers from the NSA:

5)  Seeing is NOT believing... Evelyn Lamb on a few of the best illusions:

6)  Primes and Conway's 'Game of Life':

7)  My own Math-Frolic blogposts this week dealt with Martin GardnerPaul Erdös, and John Cook.

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

1)  Someone on Twitter recommended this 'mind-blowing' RadioLab episode (on forest fungi) that I had missed, and I'll just pass along the recommendation:

2)  My favorite piece of classical music, Pachelbel's Canon, played in a fingerstyle manner I've not seen before on guitar, by Trace Bundy (enjoy watching & listening):




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