...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, August 18, 2017

Friday Helping of Potpourri

It’s August 2017 and I’m being distracted by Nazis in America… who’d-a-thunk-it! 
Anyway, a little bit of math, after week 29 under our Aryan President:

1)  Another new mathy podcast:

2) Of ants and math… who knew!:

3)  Fawn Nguyen talks classroom management:

4)  John Baez’s initial comments on a new P vs. NP proof (that's not expected to survive scrutiny):
…a longer take on it here:

5)  At least two new popular math books worth a mention:
Significant Figures” from Ian Stewart
…and “Arithmetic” from Paul Lockhart

6)  Brand-spanking new from James Propp, in case your knowledge of Arthur Engel and ‘chip firings’ is a bit shallow: 
…see also his ‘Barefoot MathYouTube site:

7)  Patrick Honner offers a primer on symmetry via Quanta Magazine:

8)  Need more to read?… Peter Cameron recently pointed out the latest edition (June) of the European Mathematical Society’s newsletter:
(...includes a longish, somewhat different take on "Mathematics and Music" beginning on pg. 41)

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

1)  Timely: folks have been passing around Annie Dillard’s 1982 essay, “Total Eclipse”:

2)  I don’t generally read older philosophers anymore, but Scott Aaronson recently recommended that everyone read John Stuart Mill’s “The Subjection of Women” (60 pgs.), saying  “Everyone should read it carefully and reflect on it if they haven’t already.” So maybe I’ll try to get to it this weekend:

HAPPY eclipse-watching everybody!, and ohh, maybe just one last thing for the week:

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