Four films by George Csicsery in San Francisco

A post at the New York Times Numberplay blog (of all places) includes the gambling machine puzzle, which is a nice one. (More on this puzzle later.) The same post indicates that the Roxie Theater in San Francisco (3117 16th St, between Valencia and Guerrero) will be showing four films by George Csiscery the week of March 18, in honor of Paul Erdos’ 100th birthday (he was born March 26, 1913):

Monday, March 18 at 7:45 pm: Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-Shen Chern

Monday, March 18 at 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm: Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem

Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm: N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdos

Wednesday, March 20 at 8:00 pm: Hard Problems: The Road to the World’s Toughest Math Contest

The Chern film is new (this is the Bay Area premiere); I’ve seen the other three, and highly recommend them. Here’s the Roxie’s page for the marathon.

Sadly, I won’t be there, due to other obligations.

Weekly links for March 4

has Bayesian probability been banned in England?

At the New York Times, Shivani Vora has a conversation with author and mathematician Manil Suri.

Animated GIFs generated by Mathematica code, via metafilter.

Carl Bialik for the Wall Street Journal explores the upbeat stats on statistics.

Tim Gowers suggests a polymath project based on parallel sorting; Alexander Holroyd has a gallery of pictures of sorting networks.

Vincent Granville of analyticbridge gives a statistical analysis of forecasting meteorite hits and Stefan Geens reconstructs the meteor’s path

Ronald Minton asks do dogs know bifurcations? (between different strategies for optimizing running vs. swimming when moving around just offshore).