Weekly Picks

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Welcome to last week’s picks. We had to skip a week — our apologies. We hope you’re all the more anxious to read some excellent mathematical blogging — let’s get started!

On Monday, James Colliander criticized the how broken the NSERC peer review is and was seconded by Izabella Laba at The Accidental Mathematician two days later; Tuesday was skipped.

Wednesday was rich of posts. At plus+magazine Marianne Freiberger gave you a fascinating post on combining CAPTCHA’s with chaotic dynamical systems for better and easier encryption, at Theoretical Atlas, Jeffrey Morton started from a paper on the Pioneer Anomaly and took it all the way to an insightful discussion of Agrippa’s Trilemma — great stuff. R.J. Lipton (on Gödel’s lost letter and P=NP) reminded you of how even Hamilton can guess wrong while Nuit Blanche’s Igor Carron convinced you why compressed sensing approach to CT shouldn’t be dismissed.

You thought nothing when Thursday started on a lighter note with reperiendi settling, once and for all, the old argument whether to believe in some form of the axiom of choice and Computational Complexity going off topic in class. But then John Baez hit you with a reminder how fascinating the genetic code is, even for the mathematically inclined, while Ben Webster served the first official PlanetMO-post at the Secret Blogging Seminar discussing his point of view on career questions on mathoverflow (only to follow up the next day with useful advice on job hunting in mathematical academia, excellent). As a perfect ending to a rich blogging day, Elizabeth Beazley at Mathematics&Statistics  made an excellent point comparing mathematics to English as a second language.

Slowing down on Friday, Math Is Not A Four Letter Word made a stand for ‘experience selling’ in math class and Spiked Math gave you an awesome strategy to freak out your students. For something only slighly more serious, The Renaissance Mathematicus gave you a little rant about Leonardo da Vinci.

Come Saturday, Mark at Observational Epidemiology gave you a 1minute video that summed up the everyday experience as a research mathematician while over at Images de Mathématiques Lucien Pirio gave the second part of an amazing series on Anamorphic Geometry (translation).  Then Multiplication by infinity hit you with mechanical Fourier transformations!

On Sunday, you just had to read R.J. Lipton’s writing about libraries at Gödel’s Lost letter and P=NP to finish the week.

Finally, a huge shout out to the prolific Gaussianos — 6000 feed subscribers. Wow!

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