Weekly Picks

December 14, 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.

Education

Park Mathematics discussed algebra as a natural thought process, being reflection on past events.

Think Thank Thunk inspires with a story of applying mathematics — involves dropping flour bags from a plane!

exzuberant discovers how students might get the impression you have favourites even if you don’t, and discusses what to do about it.

Research

Nanoexplanations studied a computational geometry problem relevant to printed circuits.

#angs@t / angs+, the Antwerp noncommutative geometry seminar’s blog, offered an introduction to surreal numbers as part of a new series on ordinal numbers and algebraic closures.

Not Even Wrong reviewed a preprint from the upcoming “String and M-Theory: answering the critics”.

Nuit Blanche asked how the effect of changing Lagrange Multipliers in certain models of imaging relates to impressionist art, physical eye defects and the work of Claude Monet.

Community

Rhapsody in Numbers described a typical morning of a mathematician doing research while parenting a newborn.

mathbabe coined the term horizon bias and discussed its effect on (studies about) diversity in Sillicon Valley and in math departments.

You can also support f(t) function of time to get governors to take their state’s achievement tests and publish the results.

History

The Renaissance Mathematicus delved into the history of a Renaissance problem brought up by The Endeavour.

Images des Mathématiques has a new series on the invention of the meter (translation).

Mathematics for Teaching sought the balance between the polished story and the historical development that led to it.

Exposition, Essays etc.

Mr. Palomar took a Borges quote to embark on a journey on mirrors, dreams and fractals (translation).

Gli Studenti oggi recorded a conversation about the geometric series (translation).

Second Rate Minds had a sci-fi short story about mathematical research.

Vi Hart released a new math class doodle video — it’s time for triangles!

The Endeavour shared a poem on the sane geniuses.

Enjoy!

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