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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, September 23, 2016


There was a lot more out there in the Math-o-sphere this week, but these were a few of the items that caught my eye:

1)  This month James Propp got down to the basics of why 'minus times minus equals plus':

2)  Barbara Oakley on rewiring the brain for 'math fluency':

3)  Ben Orlin is reporting from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, as an "invited blogger" (how cool is that!):

...and check out all his dispatches since that initial one. Good stuff.

4)  Julie Rehmeyer has been covering the story of the bad science/statistics behind 'chronic fatigue syndrome' treatment for a long time. Her latest here:

5) The 138th Carnival of Mathematics served up piping hot:
6)  Andrew Gelman isn't very pleased with Susan Fiske's defensive response to psychology's credibility-and-replication 'crisis':

7)  Cathy O'Neil did a Quora Q & A this week with lots of good, succinct questions and answers that are definitely worth scanning through:

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

1)  I've long regarded speech/sentence processing as one of the most fascinating subjects out there, almost akin to the mystery of consciousness itself. And from this Scientific American piece, it looks to me that very little real progress (since my college days) has been made in understanding how we, and all children across the world, manage to do it!:

2)  ICYMI, "hacker-proof code" via Quanta Magazine:

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