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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, August 19, 2016

Wrapping Up the Week

Potpourri:


1)  "Phantom" traffic jams:

2)  There is no shortage of proposals of what problem the Polymath Project should tackle next:

3)  Mathematics joins in on the parodies of Alexander Hamilton:

4)  Deborah Mayo again on p-values:

5)  An old, delicious and deceptive math Olympiad problem that got some attention on Twitter this week, starts on Numberphile here:

6)  Searching for math geniuses:

7)  The latest "Carnival of Math":

8)  Ben Orlin's round-faced buddy explains logarithms:

9)  Appropriate to an election year, James Propp tackles "Bertrand's Ballot Problem":


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

1)  I got a kick out of Futility Closet's post on an analysis of "stupid people":

2)  Nice Guardian piece on Daniel Kahneman:


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