Weekly Picks

October 19, 2011 § 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.

Dennis Ritchie passed away last week. You find reflections at Computational Complexity, Gli Studenti Oggi, Shtetl Optimized, and the New York Times.

On the educator side of blogging, emergent math gave you IBL in a nutshell, Lost in Recursion reflected on some recent, personal experience with grades, 21st Century Educator shared material on (un)assisted discovery, Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere let students get lost in algebra with a twist, Math Hombre took on big numbers, and blanchetblog followed a blogging challenge and told her story.

On the research side of blogging, Nuit Blanche wondered if a revolution in rank minimization might simply be missed, Error Statistics Philosophy continued the series on objectivity with the dirty hands argument, The N-category Café saw a reflection on spectra, Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science connected the “Washington read” and conditional distributions and Models of Reality took on progressive taxation.

On the research community side of blogging, Nuit Blanche called out failed cases of peer review, My Biased Coin pondered bad impressions, and Numbers Rule Your World shared some thoughts about Cross Validated/stats.stackexchange.

On the general-audience side of blogging, #angs@t/angs+ shared some biographical notes on Ernst Witt, Mathlog pointed to the winner of the German Book Prize (translation), Maxwell’s Demon is the Don Quixote of a new project on the Riemann Hypothesis, Images des Mathématiques portrayed Otto Neugebauer (translation), The Endeavour looked at rational right triangles and Casting Out Nines started a series on ciphers.

Quick shout outs:

Azimuth points you to the Science Code Manifesto — if you code, go sign it!

Broken Airplane reminds you of the upcoming Computer-Based Education Summit in London.

Quomodcumque wants to discuss the name change of NSF’s Division of Mathematical Sciences — share your view!

MatlabCentral shares a genetic algorithm for the traveling salesman problem.

Enjoy!

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