...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 9, 2017

The Math Keeps Comey, er, I mean Coming

Some of the math bits from week #19 of Donald Trump’s attempted lockdown of democracy:

1)  The latest Carnival of Math is ready to entertain and elucidate you here:

2)  Lie groups, E8, and communicating cutting edge math to the public:

3)  Squared squares from Numberphile and James Grime:

4)  An intro to Zipf’s Law:

5)  A new social media (“Mathstodon”), specifically for math buffs:

6) statistical evidence for research misconduct,” via Andrew Gelman:

7)  Here’s another review of what is so far my favorite popular math volume of the year:

8)  Mathematics and the real world of near-misses (yet another fun read from Evelyn Lamb):

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

1)  The always-interesting physicist Brian Greene with Krista Tippett on “On Being” last week:

2)  Some heavy discussion from Scott Aaronson and a sh*tLOAD of commenters on reductionism/causation/emergence:

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