tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-23603426708472093412017-11-20T12:26:48.540-05:00MathTango... <b><i>Engaging.... with the world of math </i></b>"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.comBlogger310125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-82564670626270532112017-11-19T07:00:00.000-05:002017-11-20T12:26:48.568-05:00Thanksgiving Approaches
End of year is always a good time for lists (which make for good space-fillers too) ;)
So here a list of some websites I'm especially thankful for -- the math-related writers that excite me most when they show up in my RSS feed (in alphabetical order):
Scott Aaronson — love Scott’s unpredictable topics, his honesty, and step-by-step thought processes (even when I don’t understand half of "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-8099129763374554232017-11-17T08:30:00.000-05:002017-11-20T05:15:46.953-05:00The Last Potpourri Before The Thursday When I Give Thanks For A Constitution Which Includes Provisions For Impeachment
Delusional Donald the Democracy-Subverter has returned from Asia, somehow confusing being laughed-at-behind-his-back with respect, and now re-opening the African elephant trophy trade (because assuredly who among us doesn't need more elephant parts adorning our living rooms)... but oh well, onward:
1) Not sure that there’s any math in this (…you be the judge), but the latest from Scott "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-23978549222068193512017-11-10T08:30:00.000-05:002017-11-10T08:30:02.974-05:00Non-potpourri Potpourri
Been a busy week (even with il Duce Donald out of the country embarrassing us elsewhere) and I didn't gather any math bits for passing along here, so will just offer up some non-math-potpourri links to a few miscellaneous items that caught my interest:
1) https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/epidermolysis-bullosa-new-skin/545291/
2) https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-71269163226942491912017-11-05T07:30:00.000-05:002017-11-05T07:30:01.852-05:00A Little Catch-up on Books
Won’t have time to do adequate blurbs (let alone full reviews) of all the books I’m reading now but will mention just a few of those I’m enjoying most, for a general audience.
Volume I last finished was Ian Stewart’s “Significant Figures,” his new compendium of biographical sketches of a couple dozen famous mathematicians — the writing is not as scintillating as some of Stewart’s other "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-72624406027609964002017-11-03T08:00:00.000-04:002017-11-03T08:02:06.990-04:00Potpourri
Three indictments down, and what... maybe at least another 8 to go?
Anyway, some math from the week:
1) Gelman re-focuses on quality control in statistics:
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/10/29/quality-control-rather-hypothesis-testing-inference-discovery-better-metaphor-statistical-processes-science/
2) Nice piece on Karl Weierstrass’ monster from Nautilus:
http://nautil.us/issue/53/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-70655403261865221592017-10-27T08:00:00.000-04:002017-10-27T08:48:19.669-04:00Some Math From the Week
A week with liddle Republicans coming apart at the seams, and Melania Trump, drenched-to-the-bone in irony, speaking of a campaign (LOL) against bullying, and our own Gov’t., in a demonstration of why so many revile it and see neo-fascism as an appealing alternative, deciding that 25 years just wasn’t enough time to figure out how to release a trove of JFK documents as ordered to by law. (What "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-26136825003883383592017-10-20T08:15:00.000-04:002017-10-20T08:15:06.923-04:00A Very Few Math Bits From the Week
Some of the math bits that interrupted this week's stream of demagoguery:
1) Alex Bellos’ latest book, “Puzzle Ninja”:
http://amzn.to/2gIsE8b
(I don’t believe it’s in American bookstores yet, and when it is, may show up under a different title as British math books often do)
2) Just in time for your next cocktail chatter… ;) David Butler tweeted this week: “For every prime after "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-74051638939827919802017-10-13T08:00:00.000-04:002017-10-13T08:00:03.118-04:00Potpourri
It's Friday the 13th; what could be more fitting than having Donny Trump as president...
Oh well, here's some math:
1) The “power pose” and more (or less):
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/10/08/35402/
2) And relatedly, also from Gelman, I suspect anyone involved in psychology or social science research, ought read this post (and comments):
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/10/10/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-86532427083594139962017-10-08T07:00:00.000-04:002017-10-14T12:41:33.459-04:00Overview... "Foolproof, and Other Mathematical Meditations"
"Mathematics is too important and too much fun to be left to the mathematicians."
-- first sentence of Brian Hayes' Preface to his new volume
One of my favorite Murphy Law corollaries states, “Nothing can be made foolproof because fools are so damn ingenious”... while the quote doesn't pertain to Brian Hayes' new book, it was the first thing I thought of"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-60516906564210345702017-10-06T08:00:00.000-04:002017-10-06T08:00:03.110-04:001st Potpourri of October
Incredible as it seems, we’re now into October and Donald Trump remains President of the U.S. Oyyy...
Anyway, some math from the week:
1) Another brilliant math mind lost to us too soon last week, Vladimir Voevodsky at age 51:
http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=9591
h/t to Nalini Joshi for tweeting this fascinating 2013 Julie Rehmeyer piece on Voevodsky’s work:
https://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-26423912743006353862017-09-29T07:45:00.000-04:002017-09-29T07:45:02.628-04:00A Short-ish Potpourri
Between pickleball and what passes for politics in this country I’ve been pretty distracted this week, so a short potpourri:
1) Futility Closet posed this classic logic problem:
https://www.futilitycloset.com/2017/09/24/the-impossible-puzzle/
2) Math and music from Marcus du Sautoy:
http://www.alphr.com/art/1007126/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-81758104610043462972017-09-22T08:00:00.000-04:002017-09-22T08:00:00.690-04:00A Math Mishmash To End the Week
Math to enjoy after 33 weeks of Amateur Hour in the Oval Office and on the golf course:
1) Very brief article touching on math learning and ‘linguistic relativity’:
https://www.wort.lu/en/luxembourg/language-study-maths-may-be-easier-in-german-than-french-study-shows-59bb8e9c56202b51b13c346c
2) “Persiflage” gets a few things off their chest:
https://galoisrepresentations.wordpress.com"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-1232241521887227912017-09-15T08:00:00.000-04:002017-09-15T11:41:20.856-04:00Some Mathy Reading for the Weekend
The nation presses on through week 32 of Trumpian antics… and the math bits continue coming:
1) Mathologer, covering a lot of ground in 15 minutes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFwSIdLSosI&feature=youtu.be
2) A compendium of math games (h/t Sherri Burroughs):
http://maths-resources.com/games.php
3) Two doses of Ben Orlin in a single week (I feel like a glutton):
https://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-62737724819787654842017-09-08T08:00:00.000-04:002017-09-08T11:40:40.955-04:00The Math Potpourri Before the Storm
Having pressed through week 32 of Trumpian antics, the math bits continue coming:
1) A Gödelian primer:
https://infinityplusonemath.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/how-godel-proved-maths-inherent-limitations/
2) Evelyn Lamb on “Public Domain Math”:
http://blogs.ams.org/blogonmathblogs/2017/09/06/public-domain-math/
3) Popularity of baby names:
http://mathscinotes.com/2017/09/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-16012583597960021482017-09-01T08:15:00.000-04:002017-09-01T09:04:56.847-04:00First Potpourri of September
Assuming by now that you’ve dried your eyes over the loss of Sebastian Gorka from this White House after 31 despotic weeks (...Sad), I’ll pass along a few miscellaneous math reads:
1) Steve Strogatz’s lectures on “Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos” available here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbN57C5Zdl6j_qJA-pARJnKsmROzPnO9V&app=desktop
2) A primer on quantum computing:
http://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-68173148482158340582017-08-25T07:32:00.000-04:002017-08-25T07:32:28.913-04:00The Weekly Math-mix
Week 30 with our now Bannon-less President has come & gone.
The math keeps on coming:
1) Ilona Vaschyshyn is “sick of viral math”:
http://horizonsaftermath.blogspot.com/2017/08/sick-of-viral-math.html
2) Math isn't just useful, it’s also amazing, fun, exhilarating, fascinating, beautiful (via Eugenia Cheng):
http://www.pbs.org/video/"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-9480535581342054962017-08-18T07:47:00.000-04:002017-08-18T10:02:57.072-04:00Friday Helping of Potpourri
It’s August 2017 and I’m being distracted by Nazis in America… who’d-a-thunk-it!
Anyway, a little bit of math, after week 29 under our Aryan President:
1) Another new mathy podcast:
https://www.benbenandblue.com
2) Of ants and math… who knew!:
https://lifethroughamathematicianseyes.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/learning-mathematics-from-ants/
3) Fawn Nguyen talks classroom management:"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-79652269880463692972017-08-11T08:30:00.000-04:002017-08-11T11:57:07.115-04:00Some Math Bits
Week #28 of the Trumpocalypse came and went, and so far not a single nuclear exchange has transpired… so on with some math:
1) Explaining Gödel to lay folks:
https://infinityplusonemath.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/godels-incompleteness-theorems/
2) From Will Gervais one of the more fun, entertaining, and thoughtful reads I’ve come across since the whole psychology-replication issue hit "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-21218571452487016072017-08-04T08:30:00.000-04:002017-08-04T08:30:29.692-04:00A Few Picks From the Week
Some math I looked at whildst surviving week #27 of the Trumpian cesspool (now headed to a grand jury):
1) John Baez is turning his sights on biology, and in turn chemistry:
https://plus.google.com/+johncbaez999/posts/hhyzhu1mB7F
2) A little bit on graph theory and Ramsey numbers:
https://theconversation.com/this-math-puzzle-will-help-you-plan-your-next-party-80256
3) A lot of "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-90666151432362007492017-07-28T08:15:00.000-04:002017-07-28T08:15:00.172-04:00Math-mix For the Week Ending
Some varied math bits that caught my eye amidst week #26 of Trumpocalypse:
1) Interesting interview with educator Alan Schoenfeld:
https://mathblog.com/alan-schoenfeld-boundaries-effective-mathematics-thinking-teaching-learning/
2) The latest from Brian Hayes:
http://bit-player.org/2017/approximately-yours
3) A statistical talk on YouTube I haven’t found time to watch all of yet, "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-68992341564510524352017-07-21T08:00:00.000-04:002017-07-21T08:00:19.395-04:00Some Reads From the Week...
Week #25 of America’s Trumpian nightmare, but at least there's some wonderful math to distract us (including some more pieces I noted over at Math-Frolic yesterday):
1) Another ‘math-is-beautiful’ article, starting off with Maryam Mirzakhani (h/t Keith Devlin):
https://newhumanist.org.uk/5208/what-makes-maths-beautiful
2) Neurons use linear algebra to recognize faces:
https://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-16778779121049403492017-07-14T08:00:00.000-04:002017-07-14T08:00:39.794-04:00Some End-of-Week Picks
Week #24 of Trump dismantling America while the GOP watches & smirks….
1) Andrew Gelman once again takes a look at psychology replication:
http://andrewgelman.com/2017/07/08/bigshot-psychologist-unhappy-famous-finding-doesnt-replicate-wont-consider-might-wrong-instead-scrambles-furiously-preserve-theories/
2) Still confused by Bitcoin... Grant Sanderson’s latest 2 videos (3Blue1Brown) "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-40528795649256605572017-07-07T08:00:00.000-04:002017-07-07T17:49:39.023-04:00Short Potpourri
Week #23 of the hijacking of America…
…sorry, a short potpourri this week, as I’ve had too much summer busy-ness this week, while also remaining glued to the Yingying Zhang case in Illinois, where the accused has now been imprisoned, not in Champaign-Urbana, but in my own original hometown of Decatur!
1) Plenty more math to read in latest “Math Teachers At Play” blog:
http://"Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-319287919817976342017-06-30T08:00:00.000-04:002017-06-30T08:00:05.204-04:00Potpourri
It's week #22 of America-as-a-global-laughingstock, and, here's a li'l math:
1) Interview with Aussie mathematician David Roberts:
http://aperiodical.com/2017/06/the-curious-mathmo-talks-to-david-roberts/
2) A former child prodigy writes about the movie “Gifted” and being a math prodigy (h/t Jordan Ellenberg):
https://ilaba.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/gifted-while-female/
3) "Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2360342670847209341.post-54176755187867090272017-06-23T08:00:00.000-04:002017-06-23T08:00:15.947-04:00The Friday Math-mix
Week #21 of the Trump/Putin takeover:
1) Something different from the unpredictable James Propp this month:
https://mathenchant.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/reading-writing-and-rigor/comment-page-1/
…speaking of Jim, he recently won a noble prize (well, seems noble to me anyway), writing about dinosaurs:
https://www.uml.edu/News/stories/2017/ProppBAHFest.aspx
2) The tale of a ranking ("Shecky Riemann"http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065658607024191185noreply@blogger.com0