...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, July 28, 2017

Math-mix For the Week Ending

Some varied math bits that caught my eye amidst week #26 of Trumpocalypse:

1)  Interesting interview with educator Alan Schoenfeld:

2)  The latest from Brian Hayes:

3)  A statistical talk on YouTube I haven’t found time to watch all of yet, but was recommended on Gelman’s blog:

4)  Erica Klarreich on game theory, John Nash, and economics:

5)  Popsci report on a Chinese “Good Will Hunting” working with Carmichael numbers:

6)  Grothendieck lives on, sort of:

7)  For teachers, parents, mathematicians, an interesting Twitter thread here (related to what’s often called ‘teaching to the test’):

8) And speaking of testing, if you haven’t already been following along you might want to check out the issues (again) Patrick Honner finds with the latest NY State Regents Math Exam:

9)  Like I don’t have enough podcasts to listen to… dang if Kevin Knudson & Evelyn Lamb haven't started a new one:

…and speaking of podcasts, the latest from Sam Hansen’s “Relatively Prime”:

10)  Benjamin, Berger, Ioannidis, Nosek, et.al. argue for lowering p-values to 0.005 for the social and biomedical sciences:

11)  Prime number enthusiasts may find this paper of interest:

12) John Baez on ‘the geometry of music’:

13)  Slime molds as mathematicians, via Joselle at “Mathematics Rising”:

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

1)  Oh those predatory journals! (getting stung):

2)  Meanwhile, the below avian well-expresses my own feelings every time I hear Donald Trump’s name arise in conversation:

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