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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, October 7, 2016

A Few Reads From the Week


ICYM any of these:

1)  Last week there were several tributes to Richard Guy's first 100 years with us... including this piece from Colm Mulcahy:
...and this one from Siobhan Roberts:

2)  "Mathematics Rising" ponders infinity:

3)  Another of Evelyn Lamb's favorite spaces, Borromean Rings:
4)  A new issue of the wonderful Chalkdust Magazine:

5)  Interesting piece on how blind people perceive dimensions and number:
6)  Randy Weiner and Keith Devlin (BrainQuake co-founders) held a Quora Q & A this week about math-learning video games:

...and, in the first of a series, Quanta Magazine reports on the new trend in math and science education:

7)  I see Gary Smith, whose book "Standard Deviations" I really enjoyed from a couple years back, has a new volume out, "What the Luck." I'm guessing, sight unseen, that it's another great popular read:
http://amzn.to/2dPOAiU

8)  The latest from Erica Klarreich in Quanta Magazine:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20161006-new-algorithm-solves-cake-cutting-problem/

9)  And the latest mind-blower from Numberphile:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k1jegU4Wb4


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

1)  From a recent RadioLab show (though possibly a re-run?), another segment playing to my interest in language and psycholinguistics:

2)  Krista Tippett's "On Being" show on NPR this week is a replay of an interview with physicist/author Leonard Mlodinow:
http://www.onbeing.org/program/leonard-mlodinow-randomness-and-choice/6295


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