...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, January 19, 2018

A Short Week-ending Math-Mix

A short potpourri this Friday… been a depressing week, learning that our Emperor may actually be healthy enough to continue tweeting and groping women for another decade or more…

1)  Margaret Wertheim on dimensions and reality:

2)  Latest from Jim Propp:

3)  And new from PBS’s Infinite Series:

4)  also new from Numberphile:

4)  A physicist looks at a math puzzle:

5)  Luckily, I wasn’t drinking coffee when I read Ben Orlin’s latest offering… or it would’ve ended up all over my keyboard:

6)  Michael Harris pens a bit of a tease at his long quiet blog (new book, or something else?… I DON’T think they’re making a big-screen movie out of his 1st book):

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

1)  On Twitter this week:

2)  ICYMI, the latest cover from Der SPIEGEL that says it all:

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