Weekly links for July 1

Simulated car design using genetic algorithms.

From the arXiv:
The Supreme Court is a spin glass.
How should traffic signals be timed on two-way streets?

From the June Notices of the AMS:
Judith R. Goodstein and Donald Babbitt’s article of E. T. Bell and Caltech mathematics between the wars (of Men of Mathematics and Bell numbers fame).
Richard Hoshino and Ken-ichi Kawarabayashi, “Graph Theory and Sports Scheduling”. As you might suspect from the names of the authors, they’re Japanese; the numbers they use in their problem apply to Japanese pro baseball (NPB), and their work has been used in actual scheduling of NPB.

Bryna Kra on mathematics as a toolbox for the sciences in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Joel Grus can analyze data and has a two-year-old daughter, so naturally he looked at the most boyish and girlish colors and eigenshirts for children’s T-shirts.

Alex Bellos at the Guardian shows us mathematical food items.

William Beaty on the physics behind traffic jams.

Tom Fawcett has a gallery of visualization of results from machine learning classifiers.

Jon McLoone asks is there any point to the 12 times table?

Rafe Kinsey, at the University of Michigan, is teaching a freshman writing course on math, writing, and the world in the fall of 2013.

The boy who loved math: the improbable life of Paul Erdos is an illustrated children’s book.

John Cook on statistical evidence vs. legal evidence.

Gurmeet Manku has a collection of “75 combinatorial puzzles for mathematicians and computer scientists.”.

Celebrities die e at a time. (via Reddit)

From Nautilus magazine: how to insure against a rainy day and taming the unfriendly skies.

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