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Confidence is necessary for great civilisations to flourish. Do you hear those last echoes of Empire? This was filmed in 1969 but Kenneth Clark had grown up in another age—a time when Great Britain’s cultural superiority went unquestioned in many huts … Continue reading

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from “On Self-Referential Sentences” by Douglas Hofstadter, originally in Scientific American (January 1981), reprinted in Metamagical Themas (1985) via crystilogic (Source: http://amzn.to/Ka9370)

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I view a mathematics library the same way an archaeologist views a prime digging site. There are all these wonderful treasures that are buried there and hidden from the rest of the world. If you pick up a typical book … 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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Something Stupid That Stupid Magazines and Blogs Said Is True, Is Not True.

Peter Todd has been misquoted about the mathematics of dating here, here, here (here), here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and in at least five trillion issues of Cosmo. (Surprisingly, this and this did not misquote him.) It’s enough to make … Continue reading

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Talking in Tuples

Mathematics is the *Most* Different Language. In Can we make mathematics intelligible?, R P Boas jokes: There is a test for identifying some of the future professional mathematicians at an early age. These are the students who instantly comprehend a sentence … Continue reading

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