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Even though Lil’ Wayne has been a thing for half a decade, I only just now listened to a song of his: Hustler Musik. I like it. I think this video is juxtaposing different people’s work lives—unemployed responsible guy, cop, … Continue reading

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On the afternoon of the Nobel announcement, Nash said that he had won for game theory and that he felt that game theory was like string theory, a subject of great intrinsic intellectual interest that the world wishes to imagine … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci’s ability to embrace uncertainty, ambiguity, and paradox was a critical characteristic of his genius. —J Michael Gelb Say you want to use a mathematical metaphor, but you don’t want to be really precise. Here are some ways … Continue reading

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Where should I start reading mathematics if I never got far with it in school?

I’ve been asked variants of this question a number of times. So here’s a thorough answer for everyone.   First, some well-written books on topics that interest me: Roger Penrose’s The Road to Reality Cosma Shalizi’s blog bactra.org John Baez’s blog Matthen’s tumblr … Continue reading

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Any advice on where to start exploring math for someone who didn't take/ study/ or pay attention to much math beyond high school.

I’ve been asked variants of this question a number of times. So here’s a thorough answer for everyone: Where should I start reading mathematics if I never got far with it in school?   First, some well-written books on topics … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Logic Not everything is so simple as true or false. Even declarative statements may evaluate outside {0,1}. So let’s introduce the kind-of: truth ∈ [0,1]. Examples of non-binary declarative statements: Shooting trap, my bullet nicked the clay pigeon but didn’t … Continue reading

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What constitutes a dramatic situation? What makes for an interesting story? The most interesting stories, to me, often come from the humblest of places. The history of salt; the manufacturers of parts for electrical sockets, water fountains, sock factories, chair legs, bucket … Continue reading

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