...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, April 21, 2017

Potpourri



1)  I admit it; I rarely tire of essays on the beauty of math:

2)  Presh Talwalkar on the United Airline fiasco and "Vickrey auctions":

3)  Ben Orlin’s post this week highlight’s Cornell’s John Hopcroft… and China:

4) “Maths Anxiety”:

5)  New provocative essay on mathematics from irascible Doron Zeilberger (dedicated to Reuben Hersh):
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1704.05560.pdf

6)  Andrew Gelman has found a statistics book he actually likes ;) :
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/04/20/teaching-statistics-bag-tricks-second-edition/

7)  Long, nice tribute to Bill Thurston (h/t S. Strogatz):
http://www.ams.org/samplings/feature-column/fc-2017-04

8)  Those interested, no doubt already know all about it, but just a reminder that the “March For Science” takes place tomorrow in Wash. D.C. (and all across the nation):

AND, it coincides with the National Math Festival in Wash. D.C. as well:


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

1)  Philosopher David Chalmers interviewed by John Horgan:

2)  Love and sex researcher Helen Fisher on this week’s episode of Krista Tippett’s “On Being”:


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