...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, April 27, 2018

Potpourri Again...

I’ll take a moment out from sticking additional pins into the orange doll that a local voodoo master-artisan provided me, to post a fairly eclectic Friday potpourri:

1)  Latest IntMath Newsletter chockfull of good stuff:

2)  …and more mathy stuff from this math education blog carnival:

3)   “Arithmetic Billiards” via plusMagazine:

4)  Kind of liked this: responding to a tweet this week Ben Orlin wrote: gaze into pretty much any concept in math, and an abyss of analytic philosophy and implicit Platonism gazes back.” 
Ben is sort of a mathematician, philosopher, educator, logician, social commentator, historian, cartoonist all wrapped in one! ;)

5)  Leave it to Evelyn Lamb to expound on the linkage between poetry and mathematics:

6)  Gary Davis’s “Advice to Freshman Mathematics Majors”:

7)  “5 minutes with Vicky Neale” (author of “Closing the Gap”) is from a couple of years back (but I just saw it, h/t Bart Sabbe):

8)  Some current issues in philosophy of mathematics:

10)  Not often that the comments to math Twitterers give me chuckles, but responses to this Matt Parker tweet did:

Lastly, most know by now that I consider Scott Aaronson an American gem, and he has newly-posted a longish, thought-provoking piece on education (a book review actually) that I think everyone should read -- there's no math, but hopefully every reader of this blog is interested in our education system!:

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

1)  Pretty fascinating discussion on NPR last weekend with William Blatty, original director of “The Exorcist”:

2)  There are fun tweets, amusing tweets, touching tweets, hilarious tweets, trolling tweets… and then just absolutely, crazy weird tweets:

[this fellow has a whole YouTube channel here:

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