Weekly links for April 2

Keith Devlin writes that the US mathematicians of the future will need to be able to innovate, not just calculate. He recently commented on this 60 Minutes segment on Khan Academy, which Dan Meyer also wrote about.

Are some numbers more likeable? (Namely, the solutions to simple arithmetic problems involving small numbers.)

From Natalie Angier at the New York Times: The Mighty Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of, about Emmy Noether. Interestingly enough, I heard of her in high school – she was at Bryn Mawr for a few years, and I went to school not far away, so somehow this bit of local history came up.

Chad Orzel asks non-physicsts: what is the initial reaction when people learn what your job is?

Chad Orzel mathematically models his commute.

David Smith pleads people to not write like a scientist, commenting on Adam Ruben’s How to Write Like a Scientist at Science Careers.

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