Weekly Picks

July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

The new week is in full swing but some picks from last week might just be worth your while.

To start off the week, Computational Complexity investigated the myth that good logicians were mentally ill while The Secret Blogging Seminar discussed Doron Zeilberger’s idea for making grant proposals public.

You’d think that blogging spiked on Tuesday. First, emergent math was knocked off the pedestal thanks to a challenging lecture by Alfie Kohn and quomodocumque threw in the proverbial 2 cents about math competitions — including a grueling quote. But there was also Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference and Social Science picking up a piece about the Barber’s paradox of economists while Rhapsody in Numbers wondered about a young woman that wants to be the first on Mars.

Indeed, Wednesday was much calmer, although The Mathematics Blog saw the practical effects of increased tuition at Open University.

But then Thursday came and a flood of great posts came in. On the non-English side, Series Divergentes portrayed John E. Littlewood (translation),  Gaussianos wrote about the magical appearances of Gauss’s Theorem (translation) and Bloghetto started a new series on Pythagoras (translation).

Then Shtetl Optimized gave a simple proof of Rosser’s Theorem using Turing Machines and John D. Cook saw a divide in how programmers and scientists view their software.

Also, you should consider Noncommutative Geometry’s call for support against the re-organization of the Feza Gursey Insititute in Istanbul and Maxwell’s Demon’s call for mathematicians to get involved in preschool mathematics education.

Friday was more relaxed with Gyre&Gimble improving its Riemann Clouds visualization, Mr Honner celebrating a small victory for consistent pricing and Peter Cameron writing about a recent meeting with Anatoly Vershik.

On Saturday, MIXEDMATH tried to give away a journal collection — harder then you think — while Terry Tao gave an introduction to the Erdös divisor bound.

Come Sunday, Psychology and Statistics offered career advice for undergraduate studies in organizational psychology while Mr Palomar tabu walked with a friend (translation).



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