Mathblogging.org Weekly Picks

February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

We try to read every blog post that goes through Mathblogging.org. For the Weekly Picks, we collect posts from last week that give you an impression of what the mathematical blogosphere has to offer.

Education

  • Popinga  (translation) offers and introduction into graphs in art, with a surprise application.
  • Math+Tech=Fun argues that learning is not automatically fun if it is presented in the form of a game; it needs to incorporate the sensation of purpose, mastery, and choices.
  • Angrymath explains the dangers of not using enough words in exercises, and instead relying on the assumption that things are obvious from context
  • Quod Erat Demonstrandum computes the speed of light, using a mirror on the moon!

Community

  • Jeromy Anglim looks at the new CognitiveScience.Stackexchange site and explains why researchers and student should be active on Q&A sites.
  • Xi’an’s Og studies a CrossValidated.SE question.

Research

  • At the Secret Blogging Seminar, David Speyer gives some background on the recent reports on flaws in RSA encryption.
  • At Turing’s Invisible Hand, Noam Nissan explains the excitement about the recently de-classified letter from John Nash to NSA.

Exposition, Art

  • Out of the Norm offers advice on how to kill a dragon (the puzzle, that is).
  • Peter Cameron points you towards the Raymon Brownell exhibition in South London.

Enjoy!

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