Weekly Picks

December 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

We try to read every blog post that goes through For the Weekly Picks, we collect posts from last week that give you an impression of what the mathematical blogosphere has to offer.

Exposition, Essays etc.

  • Punk Rock Operations Research gathers OR-flavored pickup lines – and did not forget to include Lem’s Cyberiad love sonnet.
  • Modulo Errors simulates Lichtenberg figures (“captured lightning”) and gives you an applet for your own Christmas tree.
  • Mathematical Magic gives a proof without words of a theorem of Gomory on tailless checkerboards (translation).
  • cp’s mathem-o-blog analyzes the “princess on a graph” puzzle.


  • Angles of Reflection thinks that sometimes low tech is enough for engaging students: Using white-boards for working in groups on problems of the students choice.
  • Math 老师 (lǎoshī) works out a curious identity of angles.
  • I hope this old train breaks down on being the new teacher: suddenly the own opinion is not as valued as it used to be.
  • yofx rocked an algebra final with a Prezi presentation.


  • Models of Reality asks where likelihoods come from – and despite the apparent naivite of the question, Daniel’s post is anything but.
  • The Geomblog comments on the importance of publishing negative results, especially in data mining.
  • mathbabe points out the implication of the conservation law of money for development of economic bubbles and the (European) financial crisis.


Shorts, Shoutouts etc.



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