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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, June 30, 2017

Potpourri


It's week #22 of America-as-a-global-laughingstock, and, here's a li'l math:

1)  Interview with Aussie mathematician David Roberts:

2)  A former child prodigy writes about the movie “Gifted” and being a math prodigy (h/t Jordan Ellenberg):

3)  Recommended books on game theory (h/t Emmanuel Derman):

4)  The Futility Closet podcast this week paid tribute to Paul Erdös:

5)  Confidence intervals and other statistical ranges:

6) John Baez reports on “Cleo”:

7)  Another wonderful math profile (from Quanta):

8) Robert Talbert on problems with the definition of “flipped learning”:

9)  New from Numberphile, mathematics vs. physics:

10)  Latest "Bulletin of the AMS" here (h/t Steve Strogatz):
http://www.ams.org/journals/bull/2017-54-03/

11)  Gelman on Ioannidis and published research findings:
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/06/29/lets-stop-talking-published-research-findings-true-false/
...and his own followup post here:
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/06/29/lets-stop-talking-published-research-findings-true-false-2/

12)  Latest podcast from "Relatively Prime" is all about communicating mathematics:
http://relprime.com/talkingthetalk/


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

1)  I've been rather distracted this week by a likely June 9th abduction case in central Illinois (near my original hometown) that gets odder as time goes on:



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