Wednesday, July 1, 2020

In His Prime....


[Andrew] Granville, who is writing a book on analytic number theory, complained that Maynard has greatly slowed his progress. 'I’ve had to add about 150 extra pages because of him,' Granville said.”
Erica Klarreich with another lovely profile of an outstanding mathematician, in this instance number theorist James Maynard:

https://www.quantamagazine.org/james-maynard-solves-the-hardest-easy-math-problems-20200701/



Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday ASMR


Heading into the weekend just another (auditory) ASMR video (this time of finger-tapping)... because God-only-knows how friggin' crazy and anxiety-ridden the next week will be!:




Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Shifting Covid-19 Death Rates?


This morning Mike Lawler pointed out this longish Twitter thread from Derek Thompson that helps illustrate the variables/factors/nuances/opinions in covid-19 analysis:



Thursday, June 18, 2020

As Sean Connery Might Say, "Orlin, Ben Orlin"


While he works arduously putting just the right smirks onto the faces of his round-faced buddies for his 3rd book of mathematical fun-fare, I figured it might be time for a little retrospective of Ben Orlin, for anyone new to the math world, or who has otherwise somehow missed his meteoric (or perhaps asteroidal) rise to some prominence in the math-o-sphere (pretty sure he’s the most sought-after cartoonist of bad drawings who currently roams the math-landscape). And heck, for all I know, there's even about a 1/365 chance that today is his birthday.
So anyway, here are the main pieces I’ve written on Ben over the last few years, for any who wish to acquaint themselves with him:

2 interviews I’ve done with him:


...a further “profile” I did of Ben last year:

...and “reviews” of his first 2 mediocre books:
IF by “mediocre” one means incredibly fun, unique, entertaining, engaging, and instructive volumes):





Monday, June 15, 2020

The Debates Continue... (covid-19)


Mike Lawler and others have pointed to a “debate” over the opposing views of John Ioannidis and Nassim Taleb on covid-19 presented here:


...as a sidenote here's a recent summary piece (not statistical) on covid I found of interest:


(...sure looks to me like many locales will be returning to Phase 1 before they make it to Phase 3!)



Friday, June 5, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

ASMR Tuesday


Just realized I never posted an ASMR video for the month of May, so may as well throw one in now:




Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sudoku Frenzy



OK, for all ye Sudoku buffs out there, 2 incredible Sudoku puzzles passed along by Ben Orlin on Twitter (no, really, incredible puzzles):






Saturday, May 16, 2020

Siobhan Roberts Returns With More...


You probably think you've read enough about him by now, but yet another fantastic Siobhan Roberts' piece on John Conway in today's NY Times (ought not be missed):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/16/science/john-conway-math.html

ADDENDUM:  ...and a day later, Jim Propp adds his own personal memories/experience to the mix:
https://mathenchant.wordpress.com/2020/05/16/confessions-of-a-conway-groupie/



Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Peeping Through a Keyhole


"Peeping through my keyhole I see within the range of only about thirty percent of the light that comes from the sun; the rest is infrared and some little ultraviolet, perfectly apparent to many animals, but invisible to me. A nightmare network of ganglia, charged and firing without my knowledge, cuts and splices what I do see, editing it for my brain. Donald E. Carr points out that the sense impressions of one-celled animals are not edited for the brain. 'This is philosophically interesting in a rather mournful way, since it means that only the simplest animals perceive the universe as it is.'"

                                             -- Annie Dillard ("Pilgrim At Tinker Creek")