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Wild About Math blogs 5/6/11

Hello, everyone! Here's this week's blog roundup.

My new blog, Playing With Mathematica, is doing well. In only a week the blog has gotten 45 subscribers and 1,000 page views. Plus, I've been getting a good number of comments and participation from Mathematica wizards. There are three interactive notebooks on the site. My aim is to have two new notebooks each week. Come check it out.

Oxford University Press sent me a review copy of the revised and updated edition of their book, The Number Sense, by Stanislas Dehaene.

Our understanding of how the human brain performs mathematical calculations is far from complete, but in recent years there have been many exciting breakthroughs by scientists all over the world. Now, in The Number Sense, Stanislas Dehaene offers a fascinating look at this recent research, in an enlightening exploration of the mathematical mind. Dehaene begins with the eye-opening discovery that animals--including rats, pigeons, raccoons, and chimpanzees--can perform simple mathematical calculations, and that human infants also have a rudimentary number sense. Dehaene suggests that this rudimentary number sense is as basic to the way the brain understands the world as our perception of color or of objects in space, and, like these other abilities, our number sense is wired into the brain.

I've not had a chance to read it but I see that the old edition has a number of reviews on Amazon and almost every single one is four or five stars. (The updated edition is too new to have many reviews.)

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Carnival of Mathematics #77 posted

Carnival of Mathematics #77 has just been posted at Jost a Mon.

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Wild About Math blogs 4/29/11

Welcome to another edition of Wild About Math blogs!

Playing With Mathematica has taken its maiden voyage. If you're a Mathematica lover, or wish you were, check out the new site. I'm engaging the community of Mathematica wizards to help me get up to speed and you benefit because I'll be taking apart Mathematica programs that do neat things and explaining them step by step in a Mathematica notebook. You will need Mathematica to open and interact with the notebooks so I realize that the site won't be for everyone. But, for many people, I believe it will fill an education gap.

math4love has a great article about algorithmic art, including a video of a "human algorithm." The article is of particular interest to me as I dive into Mathematica as I see Math+art as a great medium for exploration. Be sure to follow the links in the article.

Alfred Posamentier is a great writer of popular Math books. I've never seen him or heard him speak, until now.

Hat tip to Shecky.

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