Weekly links for July 22

The Irish Times reports on the Wranglers of Cambridge University

Jack Moore writes at Baseball Prospectus on The Secret History of Sabermetrics. I found F. C. Lane’s 1916 article Why the System of Batting Averages Should Be Changed, linked to there, quite interesting.

Nate Silver reviews a pair of children’s books on Paul Erdos for the New York Times, which he’s leaving for ESPN, returning to his sports roots. Josh Levin at Slate has eight sports questions for Silver.

David Eppstein’s Wikipedia user page has a compendium of “did you know?”s about things mathematical. I also learned from Eppstein’s blog about a talk that Erik Demaine gave about how and why he does his research.

From Cats in Drag, coloring Pascal’s triangle by residues mod n.

Jason Davies asks can you hear the shape of a drum graph.

Erica Klarreich, writing for Quanta, explains the work of Manjul Bhargava and Arul Shankar towards solving the minimalist conjecture regarding rational points on elliptic curves.

David Radcliffe asks about a generalization of the birthday problem.

Gerard Butters, Frederick Henle, James Henle, and Colleen McGaughley on Creating Clueless Puzzles (a Sudoku variant).

Robin Houston animates turning a triangle into a square (following Dudeney).
Roderick Little recently published in the Journal of the American Statistical Assocation In Praise of Simplicity not Mathematistry! Ten Simple Powerful Ideas for the Statistical Scientist.

Vienna Teng has written the hymn of Acxiom.

Jeremy Kun explains Bezier curves.

Over at MathOverflow, how does the work of a pure mathematician impact society?

Nautilus magazine on optimization gone too far: Unhappy truckers and other algorithmic problems

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