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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday Potpourri...


A few sundry items for your artful attention and possible perusal ;-):

1) Lance Fortnow, computer scientist and author of "The Golden Ticket," (which I reviewed a bit ago), all about P vs. NP, is Sol Lederman's latest podcast guest at Wild About Math:

http://wildaboutmath.com/2013/04/12/lance-fortnow-inspired-by-math-28/

2) A nice little primer on the nature of real numbers and pi from physicist Matt Springer here:

http://scienceblogs.com/builtonfacts/2013/04/12/everything-in-pi-maybe/

3) An interesting-looking list here of 24 video lectures in number theory:

http://www.infocobuild.com/education/learn-through-videos/mathematics/introduction-to-number-theory.html

4) Just a heads-up that E.O. Wilson is scheduled to be on NPR's Sunday "Weekend Edition" (tomorrow). I assume there will be some discussion of his recent much-debated commentary asserting that scientists need not know advanced mathematics to be successful.

5) Finally, a site I only recently learned of called "Ideas Roadshow" which looks interesting and includes this recent 5-minute clip by philosopher James R. Brown on Platonism in mathematics:

http://www.ideasroadshow.com/issues/james-robert-brown-2013-04-12


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