Category Archives: Math and Me

I get personal with Mathematics.

Command Index to Statistical Rethinking

I am having a great time working through Richard McElreath’s text, Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and Stan.  The focus is on building, testing, interpreting, and improving  statistical models.  It is absolutely empowering and I have begun to … Continue reading

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Erroneous Proof Changed History

Well, maybe.  I learned of the existence of an alternate model for quantum behavior as I followed the story of a NASA test propulsion system that defies Newton’s Third Law.  The idea named Bohmian mechanics is based on something called pilot-wave … Continue reading

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Making Myself Sad

Written this morning. I am making myself sad today.  Giving a test.  While they take it instead of catching up on my reports, I am exploring a list of topics (it goes without saying) on the internet.  Most were from … Continue reading

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Infinity

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To Touch Wood

Old men like to tell stories.  At least this old man does. I – my knowledge, joy, “wisdom” – come from long experience and my stories are a way of explaining myself to the world.  To reminisce is an increasing urge … Continue reading

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Old Grumpy Face

It occurred to me last week to remind students that I don’t hate the world.  I was reiterating that they could ask me a question any time, any place.  I warned that they might  see me scowling as I walked across … Continue reading

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The Pain of Lending a Book

A fellow I know was interested in category theory.  I said I might have a book for that.  I found Conceptual Mathematics by F. William Lawvere and Causality by Judea Pearl (because it also looked interesting) in my personal library and handed … Continue reading

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