tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23603426708472093412018-05-25T08:00:02.954-04:00MathTango... <b><i>Engaging.... with the world of math </i></b>"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.comBlogger343125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-38583209482938169262018-05-25T08:00:00.000-04:002018-05-25T08:00:02.953-04:00Yet Another Friday Math-mix
Neither I nor Donald Trump were invited to the big wedding last weekend; Donald stayed busy dismantling America, while I busied myself working on a fresh math potpourri:
1) Richard Guy, still working and interviewed at age 100:
https://anthonybonato.com/2018/05/23/interview-with-a-mathematician-richard-k-guy-2/
2) Excerpt from Deborah Mayo’s upcoming book on statistics’ “severe "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-27660439043594612802018-05-18T08:00:00.000-04:002018-05-18T08:00:01.599-04:00Friday Potpourri
Maybe this week’s viral Laurel/Yanny episode can finally help explain how it is that some people listening to a certain Donald hear a purported President speak, while others more correctly hear a venal Demagogue blathering.
...In any event, a new Friday potpourri:
1) Michael Harris, interesting as always, on the uses and responsibilities of mathematics:
https://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-18278764558662006582018-05-16T08:45:00.000-04:002018-05-16T08:45:20.839-04:00A Few Potpourri Housekeeping Changes
To slightly streamline my own blogging time am making a few changes to the 'Friday Potpourri' that perhaps readers ought be apprised of (way back I originally conceived of the potpourri as a compendium of slightly off-the-beaten-track math bits, and ever since reading/enjoying David Wells’ quirky “Book of Curious and Interesting Mathematics” have thought of attempting more of that):
I will "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-2899070809948679512018-05-11T08:00:00.000-04:002018-05-11T08:00:09.151-04:00Some Miscellaneous Stuff From the Week
Friday may be money-laundering day at the White House, but at MathTango it’s math-potpourri day.
(…when I can find time I’ll explain a few changes I’m making to the Friday potpourri):
1) Possibly a good thread for teachers to contemplate:
https://twitter.com/joelhogz/status/992518671607173122
2) Somewhat related, a few, brief teaching “meta-lessons” from Kalid Azad:
https://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-65652170801613482902018-05-06T07:00:00.000-04:002018-05-08T11:54:38.283-04:00Teachers In Our Lives
"Reach out and touch someone..."
-- old AT&T ad slogan
I attended (long enough ago that a 50-year reunion is coming up!) a private secondary school where the phrase “in loco parentis” was oft-discussed. In case any don’t know, it translates to ‘in place of the parent’ which carried one meaning, or at least set of"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-83875463725735239212018-05-04T07:45:00.000-04:002018-05-04T10:54:39.344-04:00The Friday Mixed-bag...
Am trying something ever-so-slightly different this week and next, for the potpourri (you may well notice no difference), and will explain later, if I decide to make the change permanent.
In any event, with or without any changes, you have assurances from my personal physician Vinnie Boom-Bornstein, that this blog will continue to be “astonishingly excellent,” and he also notes that at a slim "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-8473122426648272312018-04-27T08:00:00.000-04:002018-04-27T13:18:19.547-04:00Potpourri 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:
https://www.intmath.com/blog/letters/intmath-newsletter-computational-essays-random-numbers-11448
2) …and more mathy stuff from this math education blog carnival:
"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-86308749125105392872018-04-20T07:45:00.000-04:002018-04-20T21:04:12.432-04:00Some Math From the Week
My calls to the White House are still going un-returned, so I’ll divvy up some math instead:
1) Ben Hambrecht on his decision to go work for Grant Sanderson and 3Blue1Brown:
https://www.hambrecht.ch/blog/2018/4/16/what-video-can-and-cant-do-for-education
2) An online “first course” in Galois theory (h/t Gary Davis):
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1804.04657.pdf
3) As usual, Jim Propp’s "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-25418469117201427832018-04-13T08:00:00.000-04:002018-04-13T08:00:00.581-04:00Friday-the-13th Math Potpourri
Your guess is as good as mine as to who Cult-leader Donald might fire first this weekend, but I plan to stay busy catching up on some math morsels:
1) 5 book recommendations for philosophy of mathematics:
http://www.logicmatters.net/2018/04/06/five-books-philosophy-maths/
2) A little math history (of the “when-will-I-ever-use-this” form) about Huygens and Leibniz (h/t Evelyn Lamb):
"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-25621566287360395672018-04-08T07:15:00.000-04:002018-04-08T07:15:03.206-04:00Weird Math
A book blurb today. Usually I’ve heard/read some buzz about books I receive review copies of in the mail, and then have built-in expectations. Occasionally though a volume shows up I’ve heard nothing about, nor even seen the authors names before. “Weird Math” arrived recently as such a book. The authors, David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee are a science writer and math prodigy pair bringing forth"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-50550135686649421512018-04-06T08:00:00.000-04:002018-04-06T08:00:30.609-04:00Soooo Much Winning...
While our Aryan President was busy (in-between rounds of golf) consulting with his ass-kissing, rubber-stamping sycophants, er I mean, staff, I toiled alone authoring another weekly math potpourri:
1) Math as a bedrock to life… this is a few weeks old, but I only came across it last weekend:
https://medium.com/s/story/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-8809674523737610542018-03-30T08:00:00.000-04:002018-03-30T08:00:11.243-04:00ICYM Any of These...
In lieu of any new porn-star interviews to enjoy this weekend, I'll offer up instead another math potpourri:
1) Free, online course on applied category theory:
https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/seven-sketches-in-compositionality/
2) Every positive integer the sum of 3 palindromes:
https://www.johndcook.com/blog/2018/03/26/sums-of-palindromes/
…another John Cook post, "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-57168495323335933372018-03-25T07:15:00.000-04:002018-03-26T09:00:24.611-04:00More Book Looks…
When it rains, it pours… books. Around the first of January I resolved to read fewer books than usual this year, and free up that time to work for the overthrow of the despotic/maniacal regime masquerading in Washington ;)… didn't consider it a difficult resolution since the stream of popular math books in 2017 seemed below average, and I thought that trend might continue forward. BUUUT, it’s"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-75356775073229239392018-03-23T08:00:00.000-04:002018-03-23T08:10:22.542-04:00Friday Potpourri
From Donny’s standpoint tomorrow may be the perfect Saturday for a long-awaited massacre; but I think it better for catching up on some mathy reading from the week:
1) A nice visual introduction to statistics for the right age group or knowledge level (h/t Max Roser):
http://students.brown.edu/seeing-theory/
2) Tying together math illiteracy and politics:
https://www.theage.com.au/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-14057046474260446432018-03-16T08:00:00.000-04:002018-03-16T08:26:14.821-04:00Another Mishmash of Picks from the Week
This week, while the Donald was hearing the ever louder-growing theme from "Jaws" playing in what passes for his brain, I was busy composing another math potpourri:
1) Fascinating bit on math whiz Erik Dermaine and origami (h/t Earl Samuelson)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/origami-robots-halifax-child-prodigy-1.4569219
2) The math of reel-to-reel tapes from the always "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-45539878142096775632018-03-11T07:30:00.000-04:002018-03-11T08:33:45.801-04:00James Dilts.... mild-mannered mathematician and blogger
Math-Frolic Interview #43
"[James Dilts] works as a mild-mannered mathematician by day and as… well… a mild-mannered mathematician by night. The Missus disputes the mild-mannered part. Despite the best efforts of his middle and high school teachers, he discovered that math is awesome, and has decided that everyone else needs to know this too. His academic research is some combination of "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-53514129863218268352018-03-09T08:00:00.000-05:002018-03-12T11:04:56.772-04:00This Week's Potpourri
While The Obstructor-and-Chief was experiencing a rather Stormy week, I was compiling more math bits:
1) Approaches to teaching mathematics:
https://learnandteachstatistics.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/teach-maths/
2) And Anthony Bonato is concerned about math education being boring:
https://anthonybonato.com/2018/03/07/why-make-mathematics-instruction-boring/
3) “The Best Question to"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-42624456811929181692018-03-06T12:27:00.000-05:002018-03-06T12:27:33.128-05:00"Demented Times," Indeed -- a book review
A book blurb today.... (I mentioned this volume briefly a couple weeks back):
“Exact Thinking In Demented Times” is a wonderful title that sounds very apt for current times… but in fact it’s the title of a volume from mathematics professor Karl Sigmund recounting philosophy a century earlier in Europe. The subtitle is: “The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science."Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-76470752267119016742018-03-02T08:00:00.000-05:002018-03-02T08:15:06.009-05:00Friday Potpourri
While attempting to compute just how fast the revolving door at the White House was spinning this week, I compiled another set of math bits:
1) A listing of some free online math courses:
https://lifethroughamathematicianseyes.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/a-list-of-free-online-courses-on-mathematics/
2) 3Blue1Brown takes on the Uncertainty Principle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-31468882771351648832018-02-23T08:00:00.000-05:002018-02-23T08:06:31.601-05:00For Those Wanting Math Instead of MaraLago on the Weekend
Short Potpourri this week, as I’ve been too busy watching NRA officers and our knuckledragging Groper-and-Chief pretend, against all evidence to the contrary, that they have human feelings…
1) Brief NY Times book blurbs on statistical inference:
http://tinyurl.com/y9jh42oc
2) I was a bit surprised by how many and varied comments this Cliff Pickover algebraic tweet generated:
https://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-81903986857974378912018-02-16T08:00:00.000-05:002018-02-16T13:30:33.556-05:00Another Weekly Mathy-mix
In the event li'l Donald wanted to read some math this weekend, I compiled a few things:
1) Banach-Tarski patiently explained (…by someone needing a job):
https://infinityplusonemath.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/double-for-nothing-part-2/
2) "Linguistics Using Category Theory" via John Baez (a bit heavy reading requiring some understanding of category theory, but potentially interesting):"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-887944831832803792018-02-09T08:00:00.000-05:002018-02-11T15:21:58.262-05:00Potpourri
While the Colluder-In-Chief tries to consolidate his fiefdom and schedule parades, I consolidated some math offerings:
1) Yet another profile of mathematician/hedge fund manager Jim Simons:
https://blogs.ams.org/mathgradblog/2018/02/03/incomplete-jim-simons-matters/
2) Do Google searches predict Bitcoin prices?:
https://cryptocurrencynews.com/bitcoin/google-search-bitcoin-decline/
"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-6090871478085944462018-02-02T08:00:00.000-05:002018-02-02T08:00:03.884-05:00Friday 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:
https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/580617765/can-we-trust-the-numbers?showDate=2018-01-26
2) Canning efficiency (mathematically speaking); h/t @MathematicsProf:
http://datagenetics.com/blog/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-77034927416295497782018-01-30T07:30:00.000-05:002018-01-30T10:29:45.817-05:00Blowing Out Candles
Today is MathTango’s 5-year anniversary (...will wonders never cease!); in commemoration, before blowing out the candles, I'll just link to a few of my favorite miscellaneous posts over that time (no particular order):
Tribute to David Foster Wallace:
https://mathtango.blogspot.com/2014/07/infinity-and-angst-david-foster-wallace.html
Review of Siobhan Roberts’ “Genius At Play,” my "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-66573140349796969712018-01-26T08:00:00.000-05:002018-01-26T08:00:18.889-05:00I Was Too Busy Collecting Math Stuff To Make It To Davos This Year
While Demagogue Donald dances in Davos (and Melania stays home sticking pins into her Stormy Daniels doll) I put together a deservedly delicious Friday math potpourri:
1) Infinite Series this week on “Brouwer’s Fixed Point Theorem”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=djaSbHKK5yc
2) Chris Maslanka on BBC radio about “two thousand years of puzzling”:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0