...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.

"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, May 5, 2017

More Mathy Stuff

Math-Frolic was distracted by other things this week, so here's some of the mathy things it didn't report on:

1)  Intransitive dice provide the basis for a possible Polymath Project:

2)  And from Evelyn Lamb this week.…
Here, she’s smiling over tiling:

…and here playing with the Douady Rabbit fractal:

…and finally her newest monthly “tinyletter” with a lot more than just math in it:

3)  A new “Math Teachers At Play” blog carnival posted last weekend:

4)  And the 145th Carnival of Mathematics is here:

5)  I liked the 2 puzzles served up by The Riddler this week… but could only solve one of them :(

6)  The ‘Chaos game” from Numberphile:

7)  I’ve enjoyed Marcus du Sautoy’s encyclopedic new book (especially the last few chapters), “The Great Unknown,” which is more physics than math but still worth mentioning here. He was on NPR this week discussing it:

8)  Art Benjamin and Siobhan Roberts win math communication awards (h/t S. Strogatz):

9)  Nicely-written essay on prime numbers from a relatively new blog:

10)  Latest edition of the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society newsletter (The Variable) including a new column from Egan Chernoff:

11)  Andrew Gelman offers up his view of what hypothesis testing is all about:

12)  I will RE-mention Grant Sanderson’s incredible new “Essence of Calculus” series (YouTube) as he keeps adding new videos:

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

1)  A VERY powerful “On Being” episode (especially for parents, or those with family tragedies) last weekend with Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant:
(…there are so many “On Being” episodes I love, and this one quickly becomes one of them!)

2)  Just an interesting, curious bit of news from the week (in the event you're preparing to be buried):

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