...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, February 2, 2018

Friday Math Miscellany

While Donald & Melania are busy sorting out their marital bliss, here's plenty of math bliss for the rest of us to attend to:

1)  Excellent TED Radio Hour last week on algorithms:

2)  Canning efficiency (mathematically speaking); h/t @MathematicsProf:

3)  More teaching tips from someone named Fawn:

4)  Why Colleges Must Change How They Teach Calculus”:

5)  3Blue1Brown looks at Fourier Transforms:

6)  Who knew prime numbers could be THIS popular:

7)  Good or bad approach to ‘thinking outside the box’?:

8)  A blogger picks out 5 must-see math TED talk videos:

9)  Mathematics Rising on math, information, and consciousness:

10)  Moravec’s Paradox via DataGenetics:

11)  Evelyn Lamb recounts her math doings & more for the month of January in her latest TinyLetter:

12)  And if all that isn't enough reading material for you, plenty more in the latest (free) edition of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics here:

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

1)  There are plenty of good pieces on Thomas Kuhn out there, and now another:

2)  Biotech continues advancing in leaps-and-bounds… $1000 hand-held gene sequencer now available:

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