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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, November 4, 2016

Some Remnants From the Week


1)  A little history of 'Question Number 6' from a 1988 Math Olympiad (h/t Egan Chernoff):

2)  Colm Mulcahy reviews Ken Ono's 'Ramanujan' volume:

...also from Colm this nice tribute to George Boole (on the occasion of his 200th birthday this week):

3)  RJ Lipton and KW Regan's fun post for Halloween:

4)  Samantha Schumacher with a wonderful post about a recent White House panel on 'math and the movies':

5)  Rotten-to-the-core? Andrew Gelman again on social science research:
6)  New puzzle book on the way from Alex Bellos (available in UK now, not 'til next year in U.S.):
http://amzn.to/2egWTPl

7)  Lot of fun geometry over several posts from Mike Lawler this week:

...speaking of geometry, an area problem from "Solve My Maths" this week:
https://solvemymaths.com/2016/11/02/area-problem-25/

...and from "Maths By a Girl" still more interesting geometry:
https://mathsbyagirl.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/unsolved-problems-part-i/

8)  Some interesting musing (about scientific progress) here from Lance Fortnow (and commenters) toward end of week:
http://blog.computationalcomplexity.org/2016/11/do-we-still-need-great-minds.html

9)  And I departed entirely from math earlier in the week to talk of STEM and politics (or should I say demagoguery):


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

1)  A slight cautionary tale about one sort of genetic testing:
https://www.statnews.com/2016/11/03/genetic-testing-fitness-nutrition/

2)  NPR's TED Radio Hour replayed one of the most remarkable stories I've ever heard on the radio (have cited it here before); that of Daniel Kish, who taught himself a sort of human sonar (that he teaches to others) to "adapt" to his blindness:








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