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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, March 3, 2017

Plenty Math Potpourri to Go Around

No shortage of good math-related stuff around this week. Here’s a bit of it:

1)  If math is your thing, should you become a data scientist?:

2) “Are we killing students' love of math” (h/t Earl Samuelson):

3)  Constructor theory and Newcomb’s Paradox, via David Deutsch:

4)  Fun interview with Eugenia Cheng in the Guardian (including promotion of her latest book, “Beyond Infinity”):

5)  Joselle Kehoe looks at renewed interest in bootstrapping in physics:

6)  Cathy O’Neil on when less is more, with Big Data:

7)  James Tanton on “Exclusionary Math”:

8)  Mike Lawler points to “pension accounting” (and this article), as the most important public math issue by miles and miles”:

p.s... yesterday, Mike tweeted out this bit of classic math: "...which has the larger area a 13-13-24 triangle or a 13-13-10 one :)":



9)  I’ve referenced the latest poker-playing AI bots (and successes) before, and now this interesting follow-up report on these human-beating machines. Two separate algorithmic programs have now handily defeated human professionals, and might even take on each other:

10)  A little statistics/causality thinking from Dilbert:

11)  ICYMI, last weekend I chatted with Dr. Francis Su:

12)  If it's math and in Quanta, you know it'll be good! This time from Kevin Hartnett (on class numbers):

13)  Well, this looks charming (but then it had me from the very initial Cat Stevens music)! [h/t to Jim Propp for pointing it out]:



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

1)  A physicist questioning dark matter:

2)  Feel like I become a bigger fan of Brian Hayes, in some asymptotic way ;) with each new piece he writes. And now he’s off on a new writing venture:



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