Thursday, May 27, 2021

Must Human Civilization Have Numbers...

 Lengthy, interesting, thought-provoking new piece from Stephen Wolfram asking 'if numbers are inevitable?' (and concluding that at least for now, for humans, they are):

Monday, May 10, 2021

Emily Riehl With Sean Carroll

 Sean Carroll with Emily Riehl in his latest Mindscape podcast, on topology and category theory (~75 mins.):

Saturday, May 8, 2021

ASMR Saturday

 Will head into weekend with another Angelo shoeshine ASMR video:


Friday, May 7, 2021

Gelman Bemoaning Postmodernism

 For today's entertainment, Andrew Gelman rants about postmodernism, Elon Musk, and spending gov't. money:

Postmodernism” in academia is the approach of saying nonsense using a bunch of technical-sounding jargon. At least, I think that’s what postmodernism is . . ."  -- A. Gelman


Thursday, May 6, 2021

"Progress" In Mathematics...

 The always interesting, if not indeed provocative, Michael Harris muses critically (in the first of what he says will be “a series of texts”) on “progress” and “the mechanization of mathematics” (he even manages to get Godwin’s Law in):

"...the notion of 'progress' in its current usage is so thoroughly entwined with technological determinism, European colonialism, genocide, and environmental devastation, that it is a struggle to find an interpretation of the word, applicable to mathematics, whose connotations are unequivocally positive."

                                                                        -- Michael Harris

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Of Math and Twitter

 I almost find it hard to imagine that there's anyone engaged in math who isn't by now on Twitter, but if in fact you are one such person and debating over taking the plunge, then Ben Orlin has written a post just for you:

(...seriously, the incredible array of math resources, people, and inspiration accessible through Twitter ought not be missed... though, granted, venture into other corners of Twitter at your own peril ;))