...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, July 27, 2018

Final Potpourri

NOTE: This will be the last ‘Friday potpourri’ or post at MathTango. With the country in seriously deep-doo-doo I'd rather free up some collusion time to work on expunging orange-puppets or others who find 1930s Germany peculiarly appealing (…also, got some reading to catch up on ;).  [Math-Frolic posts will also decrease substantially for remainder of year, until maybe, just perhaps, we get our country back.]:

1)  This is an old (2003) piece, but Jordan Ellenberg pointed to it last week as his favorite magazine piece he ever wrote, and it is indeed wonderful:

2)  Kevin Hartnett on ‘hard problems’:

3)  plus Magazine describes “uncertainty” this week in two posts:

4)  “Squaring the square” passed along, from Reddit, by C. Pickover (and the comments at Reddit sorta remind me why I almost never read Reddit...):

5)  Interview with popular mathematician/writer/lecturer Eugenia Cheng:

6)  One of my pet peeves is food labelling (…or, mislabelling as it were). Now Vi Hart takes it on:

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

1)  A viral (of sorts) detective story, from Ed Yong:

2)  And this:

p.s.... I see Omarosa's supposedly "explosive" tell-all memoir, "Unhinged" is due for release in a couple of weeks:


  1. Fare well, Shecky, and good luck! Let me know if I can support your collusion time somehow.

    1. Oh, I'll certainly be around (and active on Twitter), just the number of blogposts will decrease... might even finally find the time to go back and re-learn some of the math I knew decades ago! :)