Samuel Arbesman on the mathematics of parked cars, referring to a 2007 paper by Petr Seba “Parking in the city: an example of limited resource sharing”. (This gets more fun when you live in a city where lots of people have garages, but there is also lots of street parking. San Francisco is an example.)
Aaron Clauset and Ryan Woodard, Estimating the historical and future probabilities of large terrorist events. Via physics arxiv blog.
Secrets of Alice in Wonderland, alternating between the reading of pieces of the Alice in Wonderland stories by Cobi Smith and explanations of the underlying mathematics by David Butler. If you like this sort of thing you might be interested in The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition, by Lewis Carroll and Martin Gardner.
The Weatherman Is Not a Moron is an excerpt from Nate Silver’s new book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t