Monday, September 3, 2018

Two To Take Note Of

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On to today's post:

While scanning my bookshelf recently I noted that two authors I’ve especially enjoyed, are less referenced (in my experience) than several others, so thought I’d toss a little light in their direction:

1)  One is British mathematician (and retired teacher) David Wells, who I suspect is better known ‘across the pond’ than here in the U.S. I have three of his books and love them all!:

The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Mathematics
Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures in Math
Games and Mathematics: Subtle Connections

Highly recommend all of these, or, sight unseen, any of his other volumes:

He has a Martin Gardner-like knack for drawing attention to interesting mathematical content/ideas.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find web links to many of his articles, but here is one that is often cited, having to do with beautiful equations (from “The Mathematical Intelligencer” — also, many of his books are accessible on Google Books):
[If anyone knows of free links to others of his popular math essays, please pass them along in the comments.]

Here also, a transcribed interview with him concerning undergraduate math education:

Anyway, if you enjoy popular math writing and aren’t familiar with Wells’ work I suggest looking him up!

2)  The second person I want to cite here is Bart Kosko, a bit of a polymath with bachelors degrees in Philosophy and in Economics from the University of Southern California, a masters degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at San Diego, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Irvine. He also has a J.D. degree from Concord Law School, and is a licensed California attorney. 
And he’s been previously called “a celebrated maverick in the world of science.”
A partial list of his essays here (including many for John Brockman's "Edge" organization):

Kosko is especially well-known for his promotion of "fuzzy logic" as opposed to the conventional Aristotelian or binary logic we are accustomed to. His most well-known book is “Fuzzy Thinking: The New Science of Fuzzy Logic,” which you can read about here:
[You can also find the volume on Google Books.]
And he’s also author of “Nanotime,” “Heaven In a Chip: Fuzzy Visions of Society,” and “Noise.”

Short YouTube video of him here:

And finally here is audio of him on the late night talk radio show “Coast To Coast” talking about defense, AI, technology, and other matters:

Anyway, two very different folks and writers, both of whom I think deserving of attention.

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