...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, January 13, 2017

Potpourri Time


A few from the week:


1)  Andrew Gelman back on p-values:


2)  The Riemann Hypothesis gets wonderful exposure to a wider lay audience with this great Medium piece:

3)  Another month, and another “Carnival of Mathematics” here:

4)  John McGowan looks at a career in data science:

5)  Pi in different metrics from PBS’s “Infinite Series”:

6)  Ben Orlin on mathematics and arithmetic:

7)  Steven Strogatz on eigenvectors and eigenvalues... and Google:

8) Tracy Zager has a book out “Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had.” Read about it here:
…and she has an ongoing project collecting autobiographical sketches of math teachers as well, you can keep up with here:

10)  ICYMI, a busy week at Math-Frolic touching upon interviews, a puzzle, student loan debtFrancis Su, and some news in AI.

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

1)  The always-interesting Ed Yong on some not-so-modern medical devices:

2)  Daniel Everett on “Chomsky, Wolfe, and Me”:



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