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A Mother’s Day Cryptogram?

May 14, 2017


Or just human ingenuity at finding patterns in ‘random’ data?

Cropped from source

Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States. He came close to becoming the first First Gentleman—or whatever we will call the husband of a female president. He is also a fan of crossword puzzles, and co-authored with Victor Fleming a puzzle for this past Friday’s New York Times.

Today we discuss an apparently unintended find in his puzzle. It has a Mother’s Day theme.
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A Great Solution

April 30, 2017


A great conjecture too

Alternate photo by Quanta

Thomas Royen is a retired professor of statistics in Schwalbach am Taunus near Frankfurt, Germany. In July 2014 he had a one-minute insight about how to prove the famous Gaussian correlation inequality (GCI) conjecture. It took one day for him to draft a full proof of the conjecture. It has taken several years for the proof to be accepted and brought to full light.

Today Ken and I hail his achievement and discuss some of its history and context.

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Theory Fest—Should You Go?

April 20, 2017


Theory Fest—Should You Go?

Boaz Barak and Michael Mitzenmacher are well known for many great results. They are currently working not on a theory paper, but on a joint “experiment” called Theory Fest.

Today Ken and I want to discuss their upcoming experiment and spur you to consider attending it.
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Turing Award 2016

April 7, 2017


It takes a …

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the latest winner of the ACM Turing Award. He was cited for “inventing the World Wide Web (WWW), the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the web to scale.”

Today we congratulate Sir Tim on his award and review the work by which the Web flew out and floated wide.
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The End Of Human Science?

April 1, 2017


Could we go the way of telegraph operators?

Pixabay source

Lofa Polir has sent us some new information that will have widespread ramifications for math and theory and science in general.

Today Ken and I wish to comment on this information.

Polir is sure that this information is correct. If he is correct the consequences for all will be immense.

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Gender Bias: It Is Worse Than You Think

March 28, 2017


Science meets bias and diversity

Deborah Belle is a psychology professor at Boston University (BU) who is interested in gender differences in social behavior. She has reported a shocking result about bias.

Today I thought I would discuss the issue of gender bias and also the related issue of the advantages of diversity.
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Leprechauns are Multiplying

March 17, 2017


Littlewood’s Law and Big Data

“Leprechaun-proofing” data source

Neil L. is a leprechaun. He has visited Dick on St. Patrick’s Day or the evening before many times. Up until this night I had never seen him.

Today, Neil’s message is more important than ever.
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