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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, October 28, 2016

Weekly Potpourri


1)  Some discussion over at Quora re: specialization in mathematics:

2)  Nice list of 6 easy-to-state, very-difficult-to-solve math problems:

3)  Evelyn Lamb introduces "metallic means" beyond the golden mean, in this fun, tidbit-full post:

...also from Dr. Lamb, this moving review of the book, "Hidden Figures":

4)  Gender, math, collaboration etc. (longread; h/t Jim Propp):
5)  Jo Boaler's overview of American math education:
6)  Peter Woit has placed a free pdf copy of the final draft of his latest book (on quantum theory and mathematics) on the Web here (due out next year):
http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/QM/qmbook.pdf

7)  Especially for teachers, new from Fawn Nguyen, wise and thoughtful as always:
http://fawnnguyen.com/good-enough-for-now-curriculum/

8)  And if you need still more math potpourri:

a) the new (139th) "Carnival of Mathematics" now posted:

b) and the new 101st "Math Teachers At Play" carnival as well:


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

1)  Of bongos and physics...  Futility Closet tweeted out one of its older posts this week, putting some classic Richard Feynman on display:

2)  In the last couple years I've replaced a tennis habit with a pickleball addiction. If you happen to be similarly addicted I've added a few items (t-shirts & bumperstickers) to my Zazzle store:

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