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Friday, April 28, 2017

Some Friday Math Picks


1)  James Tanton interviewed:

...and here, an experiment proposed with logarithms from by Dr. Tanton:

2)  Colm Mulcahy on the “Mathematics Genealogy Project”:

3)  Mark Chu-Carroll offers up an intro to “type theory”:

4)  Anna Haensch writes about “Gifted,” the movie and the trait:

5)  Series, as only Ben Orlin could explain them:

6)  Mike Lawler offered up a challenge to “everyone in and around math.” Care to take him up on it:
https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/a-challenge-to-everyone-in-and-around-math/

...Mike's been on fire this week with interesting posts/problems, so check 'em out if you get the chance.

7)  "What Is a Manifold?":
http://blogs.ams.org/mathgradblog/2017/04/27/manifold-66/

8)  Andrew Gelman (and a lot of commenters) on "evidence-based design":
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/04/27/whole-fleet-wansinks-architecture-design-trillion-dollar-industry-founded-pseudoscience/


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

1)  In case you've somehow missed it, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia is launching a new project to fight fake news, called “Wikitribune”:

2)  John Horgan interviews Peter Woit (mostly on physics):
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/why-string-theory-is-still-not-even-wrong/



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