tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23603426708472093412017-03-28T05:53:35.449-04:00MathTango... <b><i>Engaging.... with the world of math </i></b>"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.comBlogger269125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-51401202192820209302017-03-24T08:24:00.000-04:002017-03-24T08:24:28.947-04:00A Few Bits From the Week
1) Sudoku-lovers… Brian Hayes has another addiction to point you to:
http://bit-player.org/2017/the-uniqueness-constraint
2) Evelyn Lamb talks about immigration… and mathematics:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/mathematics-and-immigration/
3) “Shortest known paper published” in a math journal:
https://tsourakakis.com/2017/03/22/shortest-known-paper-published/
"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-52374265345376842802017-03-17T07:45:00.002-04:002017-03-17T07:45:36.170-04:00Weekly PotpourriIt's Friday, and time to mention a few of the things I didn't cover over at Math-Frolic this week:
1) A quick intro to trigonometry (h/t Robert Talbert):
https://medium.com/@447ght/are-you-sorry-you-slept-through-trigonometry-yet-you-will-be-cbce17a33b78#.1rkzf4dxg
2) Evelyn Lamb finds serenity in places others might not think to look, including the ‘Kakeya needle problem’:
https://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-14171313450110081402017-03-12T07:22:00.000-04:002017-03-12T07:22:00.794-04:003 Books In the Queue…
I’d actually enjoy a respite from reading… but popular math books keep showing up! Currently in my reading queue are 3 new volumes, so 3 quick blurbs today on:
“Finding Fibonacci” by Keith Devlin
“Beyond Infinity” by Eugenia Cheng
“The Mathematics Lover’s Companion” by Edward Scheinerman
Regular readers here know I love Keith Devlin’s writing… BUT primarily when he’s "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-75822656055638514102017-03-10T08:30:00.000-05:002017-03-10T15:21:25.987-05:00Weekly Wrap-up of Mathy Miscellany
1) A little history... his own history that is... from Keith Devlin:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58bb4169e4b0fa65b844b419
…Keith seems to be on a Fibonacci kick. He wrote a volume on the popular Italian medieval mathematician a few years back, and now has a new book out about writing the first book:
http://amzn.to/2n3A07v
2) An excerpt from Luke Heaton’s, “A Brief History of"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-23140221439222872842017-03-06T07:30:00.000-05:002017-03-06T07:39:45.480-05:00The Best Picks From Mircea Pitici
"The main message of this series is that there is a lot more to mathematics than formulas and learning by rote -- a lot more than the stringency of proof and the rigor usually associated with mathematics (and held so dear by mathematicians). Mathematics has interpretative sides with endless possibilities, many made manifest by writing in natural language."
-- Mircea Pitici in the book's "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-46289467561055972502017-03-03T08:15:00.000-05:002017-03-03T08:15:17.301-05:00Plenty Math Potpourri to Go AroundNo shortage of good math-related stuff around this week. Here’s a bit of it:
1) If math is your thing, should you become a data scientist?:
https://quomodocumque.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/mathematicians-becoming-data-scientists-should-you-how-to/
2) “Are we killing students' love of math” (h/t Earl Samuelson):
http://alicekeeler.com/2017/01/11/killing-students-love-math/
3) "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-66609721772052248492017-02-26T06:30:00.000-05:002017-02-26T06:30:21.329-05:00Francis Su... A Mathematician For All SeasonsMath-Frolic Interview #41
"What I hope to convince you of today is that the practice of mathematics cultivates virtues that help people flourish. These virtues serve you well no matter what profession you choose. And the movement towards virtue happens through basic human desires.
"I want to talk about five desires we all have.... 1) Play... 2) Beauty... 3) Truth... 4) Justice... 5) Love"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-91647558585460717062017-02-24T08:00:00.000-05:002017-02-24T08:00:11.980-05:00Math Potpourri
1) Another interesting (I think) post from Andrew Gelman, this time on medicine and science:
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/02/19/luckily-medicine-practice-ignores-requirements-science-favor-patient-care/
2) And another ‘math is beautiful’ article:
http://theconversation.com/mathematics-is-beautiful-no-really-72921
3) A-a-a-nd another tribute to Hans Rosling (via Nautilus):
http://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-20123018529447475972017-02-17T08:15:00.000-05:002017-02-17T08:15:16.300-05:00Another Weekly Mix
1) Already old news, but two giants passed away over a week ago:
Hans Rosling obituaries:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/world/europe/hans-rosling-dead-statistician.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience&smtyp=cur&_r=0
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/feb/07/hans-rosling-obituary
…and for Raymond Smullyan, the NY Times here:
http://tinyurl.com/z7h4ltn
…and “Gödel’s Lost"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-68077234916346015202017-02-10T08:22:00.000-05:002017-02-10T08:22:46.623-05:00The Week That Was...
1) One of several posts where Andrew Gelman mulls over the research of a business school professor:
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/02/03/pizzagate-curious-incident-researcher-response-people-pointing-150-errors-four-papers-2/
2) RSA-129 from Numberphile:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQw124CtvO0&feature=youtu.be
3) RJ Lipton reports on an impressive 5-man panel discussion ("Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-71275554595900831412017-02-03T08:15:00.001-05:002017-02-03T08:36:11.672-05:00Mathy Things From the WeekFor your reading weekend:
1) Looking for distraction, Brian Hayes took on a James Tanton problem here:
http://bit-player.org/2017/a-tantonalizing-problem
2) Latest video from Grant Sanderson on fractals:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB9n2gHsHN4
3) A review of Daniel Levitan’s book, “A Field Guide to Lies,” which I highly recommended awhile back:
http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-57317400286942138852017-01-27T07:27:00.001-05:002017-01-28T09:51:09.697-05:00Friday Math Potpourri
You’d probably rather read about Donald Trump's spiraling out of control, but instead here’s some mathy readings for the weekend:
1) On “the declining authority of statistics” from the Guardian (h/t Nalini Joshi):
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/19/crisis-of-statistics-big-data-democracy
2) The surprising success of the “Shanghai maths method” (h/t Dan Finkel):
http://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-23898633897481650112017-01-20T08:22:00.000-05:002017-01-20T08:22:20.594-05:00Friday Grab-bag
A few readings for ya, on this day that may live in infamy:
1) Lover of prime numbers, Evelyn Lamb, gets trolled by Wilson’s Theorem:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/it-happened-to-me-i-got-trolled-by-a-theorem/
2) Erica Klarreich’s followup on graph isomorphism (via Quanta):
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20170114-graph-isomorphism-babai-fix/
3) Another "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-42170139640936681632017-01-13T08:13:00.000-05:002017-01-13T08:13:22.436-05:00Potpourri Time
A few from the week:
1) Andrew Gelman back on p-values:
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/01/07/we-fiddle-while-rome-burns-p-value-edition/
2) The Riemann Hypothesis gets wonderful exposure to a wider lay audience with this great Medium piece:
http://tinyurl.com/gwzkt5f
3) Another month, and another “Carnival of Mathematics” here:
http://www.ganitcharcha.com/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-36339403833511078662017-01-06T07:40:00.000-05:002017-01-06T07:41:19.053-05:00It's Friday Potpourri TimeSome weeks I worry about coming up with enough Friday links to pass along... this wasn't one of those weeks:
1) For fans of prime numbers, Evelyn Lamb delivers this fun post:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/the-best-prime-numbers-of-2016/
2) The “happy ending” problem via Lior Pachter:
https://liorpachter.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/the-happy-ending-in-2016/
3) "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-32580840669261159042017-01-01T11:44:00.000-05:002017-01-01T19:27:15.317-05:00Readings To Start the Year
First, some New Years resolutions (you know, just in case, stating them publicly makes sticking to them any more likely ;):
1) More exercise and fiber, less sugar, sodium, & carbs
2) More pickleball, birding, hiking, music, flossing (just kidding)
3) #Resist, resist, resist
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Anyway, some nice readings to start the new year with, courtesy of John Brockman’s "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-90255419179004916782016-12-30T08:01:00.000-05:002016-12-30T08:08:19.023-05:00Close-out Potpourri of 2016
Good-bye (riddance) to 2016, but not before pointing to a few more math reads:
1) Ben Orlin’s round-faced friends took a closer look at the (not-so) boring number line this week:
https://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2016/12/28/why-the-number-line-freaks-me-out/
2) “Flowing Data” called attention to this video introduction to Bayesian thinking:
http://flowingdata.com/2016/12/27/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-65087041021050585362016-12-23T08:30:00.000-05:002016-12-23T08:40:18.924-05:00Unwrapping a Few Math Reads From the Week
Math just keeps coming:
1) Jim Propp’s latest monthly offering is on David Kelly’s “Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics” program. If, like me, you’ve never heard of it (and perhaps even moreso if you have) fascinating stuff, with lots of good links:
https://mathenchant.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/will-17-be-the-year-of-the-pig/
2) Dylan Kane on using instructional visual "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-31920106291747292442016-12-18T07:14:00.000-05:002016-12-18T13:05:10.974-05:00Grant Sanderson…. An Eye for Math Video Instruction
Math-Frolic Interview #40
"Hi Grant, Thank you for making math videos. When I watched the topology video, I was hanging on the edge of my seat in suspense as if watching Game of Thrones, while enjoying the beauty of the problem, the solution, and simply the graphics and animations."
-- a commenter at Patreon
With strong interests in both math and computer science, Grant Sanderson now "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-32187628445788283652016-12-16T09:09:00.000-05:002016-12-16T09:09:41.678-05:00Some Reads From the Week
1) “Visualizing the Riemann zeta function” from Grant Sanderson (video):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD0NjbwqlYw
2) Couple of problems from DataGenetics this week:
http://datagenetics.com/blog/december32016/index.html
3) Keith Devlin contemplates the secret of changing a bicycle tire and doing mathematics:
http://devlinsangle.blogspot.com/2016/12/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-81587666567016446692016-12-13T16:02:00.000-05:002016-12-14T08:33:56.663-05:00Martin Gardner Helped Wreck My Country…
Martin Gardner
Alfred Korzybski
[Bit of a long ramble ahead through some things on my mind for awhile.]
We’ll start with a news story (…because we live in this wonderful time when you get to make up any damn thing you want and pass it along as "breaking news"):
==> According to top-classified PRIME Security documents uncovered by TMD special investigator Alexus Jones, the Donald"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-23025368355005703052016-12-09T08:30:00.000-05:002016-12-09T08:30:26.796-05:00Some Reads From the week
ICYM any of these:
1) A fun new Numberphile:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvvkJT8myeI
2) Sort of a cool (unexpected?) factoid that Colin Wright tweeted out this week:
“Except in exactly one case, the digit sum of the product of twin primes is always 8.”
[The exception, btw, is 3 and 5.]
3) Andrew Gelman and Deborah Mayo, frequentism and Bayesianism:
https://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-16299187787233563292016-12-02T08:30:00.000-05:002016-12-02T08:48:53.775-05:00Weekend Reads, if you missed them...
A short list of picks from the week:
1) A few frequently asked questions/answers from John Cook:
http://www.johndcook.com/blog/2016/11/27/some-frequently-asked-questions/
2) Alex Bellos presents one of the all-time greatest, most contentious paradoxes (Newcomb’s):
https://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/2016/nov/30/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-83875297337997300712016-11-27T05:41:00.000-05:002016-12-30T18:46:39.814-05:00 Eclectic Book Wrap-up [...+ADDENDUM]
via WikimediaCommons
With holiday shopping underway I should probably go ahead and post an end-of-year book wrap-up. Once again there were a great many popular math volumes put out in 2016, but I read fewer, and was enamored of fewer, than in prior years, so this is a bit more of a mish-mash than previous year-end posts.
Last year I greatly enjoyed several volumes, especially my top"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-28740804529663192122016-11-25T07:33:00.000-05:002016-11-25T08:05:13.396-05:00Thanksgiving Leftovers For the Math Crowd
Another foreshortened weekly potpourri:
1) Sierpinski numbers:
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2113283-crowdsourced-prime-number-could-help-solve-a-50-year-old-problem/
2) More post-election stuff from Andrew Gelman:
http://andrewgelman.com/2016/11/18/know-neuroscientist-explains-trumps-election-victory-rest-us/
...and from Allen Downey here:
http://allendowney.blogspot.com/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0