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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, September 9, 2016

Friday Mix


Weekend reads, ICYM them:

1)  Stephen Wolfram expounds on teaching "computational thinking":

2)  A quick, fun essay on teaching math:

3)  Monte Carlo methods and computer game-playing:

4)  New, free online issue of European Mathematical Society newsletter (including an interview with Andrew Wiles):

5)  For the philosophically-and-math-foundations-inclined, this discussion from Mark Chu-Carroll on some "Cantor crackpottery":
6)  John Baez on the "Struggles With the Continuum":

...and, ICYMI, Baez is now on Twitter here: @JohnCarlosBaez

7)  For a couple of fun-reads:

a.  There's always Ben Orlin:
b.  and this on "Janitor Math":
9)  p.s...: there's a rabid rumor going around that Mathbabe Cathy O'Neil has a new book out (something about mathematics intruding in our lives).... ;-)

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

1)  This "DNA Journey" video went semi-viral this week, but if you missed it, worth watching to the end:

2)  This week's "On Being" episode on NPR with Krista Tippett is a great interview with Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales:
http://www.onbeing.org/program/jimmy-wales-the-sum-of-all-human-knowledge/8916


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