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Friday, December 16, 2016

Some Reads From the Week

1)  “Visualizing the Riemann zeta function” from Grant Sanderson (video):

2)  Couple of problems from DataGenetics this week:

3)  Keith Devlin contemplates the secret of changing a bicycle tire and doing mathematics:

4)  Andrew Gelman once again on Bayesian statistics:

…and in another post Andrew discusses skepticism in science, and the viewpoint of science-writer John Horgan:

5)  Love the game of Monopoly?… Matt  Parker & Hannah Fry report on some math behind winning Monopoly strategies:

6)  I’ll drop a quick plug for a site I just heard from this week (but don't know that much about); an educational videos site covering lots of subjects (the breadth of videos and few clips I looked at seemed impressive). The math selections are here:

7)  h/t to Steven Strogatz passing along this long NY Times piece on AI:

8)  ICYMI, a few jottings I’d made over time, about Martin Gardner, General Semantics, and dysgenics, all came crashing together after the Presidential election:

...and in a post with some similar underlying concerns, Brian Hayes wonders how we deal with fakery and truth in a world where so many people seem unable (or unwilling) to recognize the difference between the two:

On Sunday, by the way, I’ll be squeezing in one more interview for 2016, right here at MathTango, so check back then.

Potpourri BONUS!:

Natalie Wolchover looks at where Grand Unification theories in physics stand today:

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