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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, August 4, 2017

A Few Picks From the Week


Some math I looked at whildst surviving week #27 of the Trumpian cesspool (now headed to a grand jury):

1) John Baez is turning his sights on biology, and in turn chemistry:

2)  A little bit on graph theory and Ramsey numbers:

3)  A lot of cool responses/comments to a question Grant Sanderson posed on Twitter this week:

4)  A relatively new (couple months old) statistics blog here:

5)  Tim Gowers’ efforts to “flip” journals, paying off:
https://gowers.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/another-journal-flips/

6)  Patrick Honner recaps the problems with the NY State Regents Math Exam:
http://mrhonner.com/archives/17804

7)  Okay, not much math here, but I just enjoy statistician Gelman when he’s peeved at psychology:
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/07/31/letter-editor-perspectives-psychological-science/

8)  Episode 2 of Kevin Knudson/EvelynLamb's "My Favorite Theorem" podcast, with Dave Richeson:
https://kpknudson.com/my-favorite-theorem/

9)  Need more math enjoyment?:
Evelyn Lamb’s monthly reading suggestions for your pleasure here:

…and the new “Carnival of Mathematics” here:

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

1)  Yet another science podcast debuted this week (“Methods”) with 3 episodes right off the bat:

2)  A new map of the Universe's dark matter:
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40817897



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