February 28, 2020

Review Magnificent Mistakes in Mathematics by Alfred S. Posamentier & Ingmar Lehmann

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We’ve all be there. Standing at the chalkboard, (remember chalkboards?) we’ve all forgotten to “carry the two,” or made the cardinal sin of mathematics by attempting to divide by zero. Hey, it happens to the best of us sometimes.

So it’s comforting to realize that the rock stars of mathematics are prone to slip up on occasion as well. Only in their case, their mistakes may be so monumental as to approach greatness.   [Read more...]

Review: The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow.

A ‘Random’ Classic!

True randomness is just plain hard to replicate. Recently, an interesting discussion came up on George Hrab’s Geologic Podcast about whether it was possible to have levels of randomness. Few folks realize that what most people perceive as random is actually more ordered than one would think. Throw the dice long enough, and biases due to tiny imperfections will present themselves in the stats. [Read more...]