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Stanford Lectures: Distinguished Visiting Lecturers in Mathematics
Each year the faculty of Stanford University's Department of Mathematics selects a small group of internationally renowned mathematicians from around the world to present a series of eight lectures to the department. The lectures are intended for…
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Into the Intro: Knots and Borromean Rings, Rep-Tiles, and Eight Queens
Chapter One The Paradox of the Unexpected Hanging “A new and powerful paradox has come to light.” This is the opening sentence of a mind-twisting article by Michael Scriven that appeared in the July 1951 issue of the British philosop…
Into the Intro: Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics At All?
Chapter 1 A cartesian introduction 1 Proofs, applications, and other mathematical activities Why is there a whole field of inquiry, a discipline if you like, called the philosophy of mathematics? This unusual question, the very title of this boo…
Into the Intro: Who’s Bigger?
1. History’s Most Significant People People love lists: the Ten Commandments, the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Four Beatles. But they are fascinated by rankings, which are lists organized according to some measure of value or merit. Who…
Steven Weinberg Q&A
Steven Weinberg discusses his career, and his latest book, Lectures on Quantum Mechanics