Weekly Picks

August 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

Barely Tuesday, but here are some a lot of picks from last week.

On the educator side of blogs, the new school year in the US led to more posts than usual. Emergent Math took on the “don’t teach math on day 1″ myth and exzuberant’s second post on laptops ends in a fight for control (over the mouse  and more). While Lost in Recursion argued that fractions don’t matter (that much). In the classroom itself, Maximizing Learning found f(t)’s note card suggestions to be magic while f(t) created a small puzzle. Finally, you shouldn’t miss teachingmathcreatively’s reaction to a math phobic child and take Broken Airplane’s pointer to Four Pillars Upon Which The Failure of Math Education Rests.

On the research community side of things, Travels in Mathematics collected reactions to the Vorderman report while 11011110 sums up what one month of google+ had to offer. Conference blogging saw Ars Physica reporting from the Forum on Women in Physics (translation) and Division by Zero sharing impressions from MathFest 2011.

On the research side of blogs, Gödels lost letter and P=NP gave an update on Deolalikar’s announced proof (has it really been a year?) and Shtetl Optimized released an essay on computational complexity and philosophy — together with the yearly “ask me anything” thread Shtetl Optimized received a mind boggling 260+ comments last week. Meanwhile at the Statistics Forum, Andrew Gelman continues the dataviz vs statistics debate and Nanoexplanations took a look at new publications on dna-self-assembly. Last but not least, Flavors and Season shared its self-questionnaire.

On the general audience side of blogs, CNRS’s Images des Mathématiques saw a post on numbers and representation (translation) and Maurizio Codogno wrote about the Ross-Littlewood paradox (translation).

On the art side of blogs, Intersections posted a work of Philip Levine and while the visual side had Statpics pointing to an JSM award winning video.

Shout outs to Blanchetblog who started a new project to compare math problems around the world  and, of course, the 80th Carnival of Mathematics at Walking Randomly — if you still haven’t got enough, check it out.

Enjoy!

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