John Cook has an incomplete post about sphere volumes for which he asked for some help in recognizing some familiar formulas.
Andrew Gelman writes for the New York Times on how fast we slow down running longer distances and comments on his blog on where one might get the data.
How to add up quickly, from Plus magazine, on accelerating series convergence.
On the distribution of time-to-proof of mathematical conjectures, by Ryohei Hisano and Didier Sornette. (I learned about this paper from Samuel Arbesman‘s book The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date.)
The New York Times on Mayor Bloomberg’s geek squad.
Oscar Boykin at the Northeast Scala Symposium gives a talk Programming isn’t math.
Are the Oxbridge bumps races the longest running Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation in the world?
From the Wall Street Journal: a print article about the use of natural language processing in reinventing the smartphone keyboard and an accompanying interview with Ben Medlock, chief technology officer of SwiftKey.
From the BigML blog, bedtime for boosting.