...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, November 18, 2016

Potpourri, Such As It Is...



Well, I've been too distracted by the ongoing unraveling of democracy this week 8-((( to curate much, so this is all I got for ya (sorry, I'll try to do a little better next week, BELIEVE ME):

1)  Deborah Mayo reviews some of the factors affecting the recent Presidential pre-election polling:

2) And another statistician Allen Downey did some post-analysis here:

3)  Mike Lawler is starting a "Weapons of Math Destruction" (Cathy O'Neil's book) study group on Facebook:
4)  Michael Lewis on Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky (from his newest book):

5)  Interesting puzzle from Numberphile:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49KvZrioFB0

[also, hope everyone has seen my favorite piece of the week, from James Propp, cited yesterday over at Math-Frolic.]


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