...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, June 2, 2017


It’s week #18 of America-held-hostage by Donald Trump (...or Steve Bannon?), and here are some math bits:

1)  Good interview over at Math Blog with some bloke named Keith Devlin:

2)  John Baez on set theory, forcing, and “set-theoretic geology”:

3)  A puzzle of Erdös’ revisited:

4)  Marcus du Sautoy with a very basic intro to Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem (via Numberphile):

5)  And another video... haven't carved out time to watch this yet, but if Mike Lawler recommends it I know it'll be good (from PBS's "Infinite Series"):

6)  A few connections between math and music:

7)  ICYMI, yesterday I noted some of the recent offerings from Princeton University Press of interest:

8)  Luckily Evelyn Lamb has come to the rescue of my short potpourri by putting out her latest “Tinyletter” edition yesterday with several more links (…but hopefully by now you get her monthly letter in your own email and don’t need me to remind you of it!):

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

1)  In follow-up to the recent hoax paper that made the rounds Jerry Coyne has now posted about another paper, from 2006, that reads like a (postmodern) hoax… but no indication it was:

2)  And this from the “language is awesome” category:

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