...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, February 17, 2017

Another Weekly Mix


1)  Already old news, but two giants passed away over a week ago:
Hans Rosling obituaries:


…and for Raymond Smullyan, the NY Times here:

…and “Gödel’s Lost Letter…” memorialized him here:

2)  Penrose tiling and Lior Pachter’s bathroom:

3)  Review here of “A Brief History of Mathematical Thought”:

4)  Mark Chu-Carroll on the “well-ordering theorem” and Cantor diagonalization:

5)  The math behind the bizarre disappearance of Malaysian airline MH370:

6)  Latest from Numberphile:

7)  Cathy O’Neil’s latest on big data, algorithms, alternative facts, reliability etc…:

8)  "The Mathematics of Quantum Computers" from the PBS Infinite series:

9)  Twin primes and the number 8 (from Chalkdust Magazine):
http://chalkdustmagazine.com/blog/digital-sum-products-twin-primes-8/

10)  This week's "On Being" episode has Krista Tippett replaying her interesting 2015 interview with physicist Margaret Wertheim:
http://www.onbeing.org/programs/margaret-wertheim-the-grandeur-and-limits-of-science-2/

11)  And hot off the presses, Jim Propp's newest piece, this month on one of math's favorites, pi (in honor of Pi-Day next month):
https://mathenchant.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/three-point-one-cheers-for-pi/#more-1471


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

I really got nothing for ya in the way of bonuses this week, so I'll just throw in this old classic funny dog video (...'cuz who doesn't like funny animals, and if I don't laugh I'm gonna cry):



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