Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Morning Buffet

Catching up on a few math links today:

1) Interesting view on how the trendy interest in "data science" or "big data" is different from academic statistics… and is that for good or ill:

2) Story on elite school, Amherst, rejecting affiliation with MOOC promoter EdX:

I'm curious how many, if any other, elite institutions have rejected outright invitations to participate in MOOC programs???

3) A nice introduction to limits from the "Better Explained" site here:

4) Have to admit I'd never heard of prodigy and lightning calculator Shakuntala Devi, an Indian math genius and astrologer(!), but apparently she was well-known to many. She passed away yesterday at 83. Learn about her interesting life and prowess at Wikipedia (which has additional links):

5) …and lastly, I've put up an overview of Jim Holt's 2012 "Why Does the World Exist" volume over at my MathTango blog:

ADDENDUM: haven't had a chance to listen yet, but just realized Sol Lederman has a new podcast up with Ken Fan of "Girls' Angle," an organization specifically devoted to improving girls' experience with high school math:

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