Weekly Picks

September 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

We are back with (a lot of) new picks!

The story making the most waves last week was probably this article on the NYT homepage on how to fix math education. It was picked up by Mathlog (in German, here is a translation), the Whizz blog, Rational Mathematics Educationdy/dan, and A Recursive Process.

Staying with math-education for a second, Lost in Recursion describes an idea of how to gain authority without overpowering the students, I Choose Math wants to give his students time to do what they feel like and decides to try different approach for correcting worksheets this year, Musing Mathematically remembers the wonders of exploring infinity for the first time, and Mr Honner continues his series on the 2011 New York State Math Regents Exams.

More essayistic texts were posted on Research Tips, seeing the necessity to change the way mathematical publishing works, Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science, musing about the honesty of an apology offered by an author who plagiarized himself, Computational Complexity gives examples for how to get ideas for things to work on (which, to be honest, is from two weeks ago), Azimuth fears tipping points, QED Insight rants a bit and then gives his opinion on how science and beliefs can coexist, Mind Your Decisions warns that some people making stupid choices can rig the game for everyone,  and finally there was a guest-post of Barbara Jolie on Peter Cameron’s blog about randomness, followed up by a post on where randomness originates from.

Posts more exclusively concerned with mathematical research included xamuel.com on the compactness theorem, n-Category Café on Hadwiger’s theorem, Terry Tao starting a series of posts on Hilbert’s fifth problem, and Vismath (in German, translation) and 0xDE on tilings. Also noteworthy is the post on Alasdair’s Musings on Matlab-alternatives, Walking Randomly‘s report on developments in math-software in August, and two book reviews on Xi’an’s Og.

If you want to relax after reading all these posts, Mathematics for Teaching offers a nice video on mathematical patterns in nature, which goes together well with this post on La Covancha Matematica (in Spanish, translation). You might also enjoy this visualization of a very old goodie on Math Is The New Black.

Which brings us to the lighter side of math: Math Fail had some entertaining pics last week, Misscalculate wrote an ode to math, and are these the dangers of applying mathematics to real life we can see on Math Is The New Black?

If after all this you should still be hungry for more, Let’s Play Math! collected some recent Carnivals.


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