Weekly Picks

September 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tuesday — time for some picks from last week!

On the expository side of blogging, Alasdair’s Musing gave an introduction on Ruth-Aaron pairs and Tito Eliatron Dixit a primer on the Vitali set (translation). Also, Mind Your Decision shared a case study of an unfriendly takeover bid gone bad.

On the education side of blogs, Real Teaching Mean Real Learning described what differentiated assessment means, practically speaking — and check out Math Fail sharing a comic on Engineering.

On the researcher side of blogs, Computational Complexity asked where theorems go to die while God Plays Dice nuked a simple problem with generating functions. Regarding research, Libres pensées d’un mathématicien ordinaire reflected upon an old favorite problem and its recent solution and Nuit Blanche examined a stunning claim. You might also want to keep an eye on Gowers’s Weblog starting a new series for beginning maths students to overcome the restrictions of traditional teaching. — and check out Not Even Wrong‘s TEDx talk. Finally, Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science discussed yet another dubious Wegman paper.

Regarding the mathematical community, Piece of Mind and Geometry Bulletin Board followed up on the UK development and the recent letter by UK mathematicians to the Prime Minister. Frank Morgan asked for opinions on the NSF’s change of “Mathematical Sciences” to “Mathematical and Statistical Sciences”.

Enjoy!

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