...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, September 30, 2016

This Week's Not-Too-Bigly Potpourri



1)  Introduction to category theory:

2)  This week the #LoveYourMath hashtag on Twitter was interesting, recounting people's early math inspirations:
3)  New interview with Sir Timothy Gowers:

...and here another interview with Ken Ono:

4)  Another couple of twin primes found (can't say I've verified them yet though ;) :
5)  Vi Hart's latest weekly newsletter:

6)  Evelyn Lamb lists all her posts that intersect of math and art:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/math-art-to-love/

7)  Math Munch's month-end re-cap of their Facebook postings:
https://mathmunch.org/2016/09/29/the-dice-lab-sum-of-cubes-and-double-polyhedra/

8)  And finally, for your light reading of the weekend (NOT!) this piece on Mochizuki's Inter-universal Teichmuller Theory (h/t Ed Frenkel):
http://inference-review.com/article/fukugen

...and in the same issue, this on Cantor's diagonalization argument:
http://inference-review.com/article/cantors-diagonalization-method


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

1)  Last weekend's TED Radio Hour (NPR) was a re-run, but if you missed this humorous, touching segment from Julia Sweeney it's worth a listen:

2)  Maria Popova's favorite story from The Moth (& Janna Levin): 
ow.ly/GY6D304y061

[sidenote: am busy with a (non-math) project for a couple more weeks, and weekly blogposts at Math-Frolic might be thin for the interim.]


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