...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.

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"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, January 12, 2018

The Friday Weekly Grab-bag


While Trumpie was kept busy all week laundering money, I put together another Friday potpourri, in-between washing tie-dye T-shirts:

1)  Last week’s TED Radio Hour (on NPR) re-ran a popular entertaining excursion into numbers and math (and includes Randall Munroe):

2)  Interesting take on leaving the Langlands program:

3)  Nice introduction to some very basic statistics concepts and uncertainty:

4)  Peter Cameron on bees, Bayer, and publication:

5)  Andrew Gelman on ‘randomized controlled trials’ (…as if there is such a thing):

6)  20+ introductory videos on statistics from the “Statistics Learning Centre”:

7)  A listing of (mostly British) math podcasts you may enjoy:

8)  A tribute to John Cook upon a decade of blogging:

9)  A new episode of the “My Favorite Theorem” podcast is up:

11)  Finally (because there is most certainly math involved), science journalist learns poker from scratch and wins national championship:

…perhaps worth noting, some may want to follow along the ongoing Joint Math Meetings in San Diego through tomorrow, on Twitter or Facebook with hashtag #JMM2018

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

1)  Interesting piece, a bit ago, with philosopher Peter Unger:

2)  You either are or are not a Jerry Seinfeld fan… if you’re the former you’ll enjoy this audio interview with the New Yorker:



Friday, January 5, 2018

Potpourri getting 2018 underway


While Steve Bannon & Donny Trump were debating over just where to have a duel at 20 paces, while reverting America back to the 18th century, I was composing this week’s math potpourri:

1)  A “Journey From Frequentist to Bayesian Statistics” via Frank Harrell:

2)  Another observation from John Baez (and commenters):

3)  The latest from “Mathematics Rising” on probabilities, the brain, and perception:

4)  Evelyn Lamb’s January “TinyLetter” is out with a lot of varied material:
I’ll probably keep citing Dr. Lamb’s monthly newsletter in the “potpourris” BUT don’t rely on me; subscribe to it for your own email, if you haven’t already:

5)  “The Intrepid Mathematician” briefly tackles the Continuum Hypothesis:

6)  A new “Carnival of Mathematics” is up here:

7)  I s'pose if you wanted to impress some folks with your cognitive skills you could commit the latest-discovered prime number to memory:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jan/04/largest-prime-number-discovered-with-more-than-23m-digits

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

1)  2017 ended with this viral tweet & comments… that was worth the wait (I never even managed to get to the end of the comments):

2)  ...and, just a lovely way to begin a new year ...though I suspect the year may rapidly go downhill from here :(((