Anca Croitoru (UAIC): The Informal Side of Mathematics. In a top-secret program, talented, young female mathematicians calculated the artillery and bomb trajectories that American GIs used to win World War II. A review of Math for Life: Crucial Ideas You Didn't Learn in School by Jeffrey Bennett. David McConnell recoiled from maths as a child, but came to love its beauty — as did prisoners in one of America’s toughest jails. A review of Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Math behind the World's Most Popular Pencil Puzzle by Jason Rosenhouse and Laura Taalman. An “irregular mind” is what has won this year’s Abel Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, for Endre Szemeredi. A straightforward problem in mathematics remains unsolved, even with a $1 million prize for whoever solves it. The introduction to Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative. Is math still relevant? The queen of the sciences may someday lose its royal status. The Aperiodical is a new maths magazine/blog aimed at people interested in mathematics who want to read stuff. Here are 20 things you didn't know about math.
From Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, Jeffrey K. Johnson (JBPHH): Terrified Protectors: The Early Twenty-First Century Fear Narrative in Comic Book Superhero Stories. How reliable are the social sciences? The physical sciences produce detailed and precise predictions, but social sciences do not — policy makers should take heed. Playboy goes west: Is the Midwest’s only great magazine heading into the sunset? Ezra Klein on how the Facebook IPO and U2’s Bono explain income inequality. Facebook's success has the unintended consequence of leading to the demise of Silicon Valley as a place where investors take big risks on advanced science and tech that helps the world. Jacqueline Stevens on citizenship to go: People everywhere should be free to move across borders, as they are in the European Union. Hard pressed for a semiological deciphering of the Romney laugh, Gary Wills turns to Milan Kundera’s aetiology and taxonomy of senseless laughter. A look at why the $60,000 per year housekeeper is a right-wing nightmare. Is Elizabeth Warren Native American or what?
From Rabble, do today’s young people share a zeitgeist, a “spirit”? This is Generation Flux: Meet the pioneers of the new (and chaotic) frontier of business. Thirty more years if hell: The Boomers are ready for us to assert Millennial hegemony and put them out of their collective misery. What does it mean to be a grown-up? The Shrink and The Sage offer guidance on another modern dilemma. Adulthood, delayed: What has the recession done to Millennials? A review of Middle Age: A Natural History by David Bainbridge (and more). Homeward bound: An article on the rise of multigenerational and one-person households. The war against youth: The recession didn't gut the prospects of American young people — the Baby Boomers took care of that (and a response). Coming of age: Growing up, Leigh Stein found solace in these books, the same way she found solace in online communities — as a remedy for adolescent isolation. Are millennials the greatest generation or the most narcissistic? Popular books have argued that today's 20-somethings are more service-oriented than any generation since World War II, but new research suggests the opposite.