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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Local STEM camp inspires young girls just in time for Apollo 11 anniversary | KMTV 3 News Now

A local STEM camp pushes young kids to think differently, says Ruta Ulcinaite, Reporter at  KMTV 3 News Now team.

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"Camp Invention's been hosted with Bennington Schools for nine or ten years," director of the camp Kendal Runde said.'

But it's not your typical summer camp.

"Each kido gets to make and design and decorate their own robot, and so then there's programming involved to get their robots to be able to play soccer," Runde said.

STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, is underutilized. But this growing field is critical in a fast evolving world...

And the camp is taking place during a historical time in the STEM community. 50 years ago this week, Apollo 11 made its historic landing on the moon. Today, young girls everywhere reach for the stars, just as Niel Armstrong and others did all those years ago.

Hicks said she'd like to have an all-women flight to the Moon or Mars. 
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Source: KMTV 3 News Now

Kurt Gödel's legacy - Time travel is mathematically imaginable / University of Vienna from 25 to 27 July 2019 | Science X News Wire - Phys.Org

Kurt Gödel's legacy—Time travel is mathematically imaginable.

Photo: Kurt Gödel’s Legacy: Does Future lie in the Past?
"Does Future Lie in the Past?" This is the title of an international conference in Vienna that combines logic, computer science and physics featuring speakers such as Nobel laureate Rainer Weiss, mathematical rockstar John D. Barrow, AI researcher Toby Walsh, and physicist Marika Taylor among others.
Two events that have strongly influenced the world of science are celebrating an anniversary this year: The decisive review of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is 100 years old. And 70 years ago Kurt Gödel proved that the theory of relativity permits a strange kind of universe: Under certain conditions, as Gödel could show, a universe with closed world lines is possible, in which time has a circular structure and objects at some point seamlessly return to their own past. Thus time travel within the general theory of relativity is conceivable...

Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Mechanics
Matthias Baaz, TU Vienna: "Just as Einstein and Gödel shook the foundations of science, today's knowledge about statistical and logical methods could lead the way to artificial intelligence (AI) in new directions". AI researcher Toby Walsh and science philosopher Reinhard Kahle are investigating developments in artificial intelligence and the demand for explainable and responsible AI computers that can learn independently without corrupt or distorted data. Another future topic with potential for revolutionary insights is quantum informatics: quantum physicists Markus Aspelmeyer and Wolfgang Schleich as well as mathematician and physicist Marika Taylor, formerly a close collaborator of Stephen Hawking, will describe the current state of research in this field.
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Source: Phys.Org

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

With 100 + episodes, 'Stats + Stories' continues to advocate for numerical literacy | Campus - Miami University

Miami University’s John Bailer believes people have a big problem with numbers by Ryan McSheffrey, Journalism at Miami University.

John Bailer, Rosemary Pennington and Richard Campbell generate the stories statistics tell. 
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"There are people who are prideful in their statements of 'I don't do math,'" said Bailer, chair of Miami's department of statistics and University Distinguished Professor. "The idea that you could be prideful in your ignorance is a sad commentary for me."

According to Bailer, there's something of a double standard going on.

"If you were illiterate, you'd be embarrassed to say so. It would be viewed as something you need to fix."

Miami professor Richard Campbell has first-hand experience in a field he says students who have this kind of statistical illiteracy tend to drift toward...

The show ramped up to weekly production after receiving funding from the American Statistical Association last year. It’s also landed a listing on National Public Radio's website.  A typical episode has 800-1,200 listeners, some of whom tell the panelists about its reach.

"My niece told me her high school math teacher was a fan of 'Stats + Stories' and used it in class," Bailer said. "My nephew who goes to another university (read: not Miami) said a professor assigned it as an assignment in class."
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Source: Miami University

Are you Mathematician? We bet you to solve this viral Math equation! | Speed News Desk - Catch News

Do you think of yourself as a Mathematician? asks Speed News Desk.

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If yes, then solve this equation which has beats everyone’s brains out on social media. A mathematical equation is doing the rounds on Twitter which has left many puzzled to solve it. An equation was shared by a KJ Cheetham on his Twitter handle. He captioned, "A maths meme that is funny rather than stupid: Solve carefully! 230 - 220 x 0.5 =?"

He also wrote the answer to the problem is 5. But didn’t mention the solution. 

Britain’s £50 Note Will Honor Computing Pioneer Alan Turing | Business - The New York Times

During his lifetime, the mathematician and computer pioneer’s reputation was overshadowed by a conviction under Britain’s Victorian laws against homosexuality, and his war work remained a secret until decades later, inform Amie Tsang, general assignment business reporter based in London.

Alan Turing will be the face of Britain’s new 50-pound note, the Bank of England announced on Monday.
Photo: Bank of England
Alan Turing, the computing pioneer who became one of the most influential code breakers of World War II, has been chosen by the Bank of England to be the new face of its 50-pound note.

The decision to put Mr. Turing on the highest-denomination English bank note, worth about $62, adds to growing public recognition of his achievements. His reputation during his lifetime was overshadowed by a conviction under Britain’s Victorian laws against homosexuality, and his war work remained a secret until decades later.

“Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, said in a statement. “As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and path breaking.”...

Mr. Turing’s work provided the theoretical basis for modern computers, and for ideas of artificial intelligence. His work on code-breaking machines during World War II also drove forward the development of computing, and is regarded as having significantly affected the course of the war.

Mr. Turing died in 1954, two years after being convicted under Victorian laws against homosexuality and forced to endure chemical castration. The British government apologized for his treatment in 2009, and Queen Elizabeth granted him a royal pardon in 2013. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Suggested Books of the Week 28, 2019 | Books - Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.

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The Probability Companion for Engineering and Computer Science

The Probability Companion for
Engineering and Computer Science
This friendly guide is the companion you need to convert pure mathematics into understanding and facility with a host of probabilistic tools. The book provides a high-level view of probability and its most powerful applications...
The underlying mathematics is presented in full, but clarity takes priority over complete rigour, making this text a starting reference source for researchers and a readable overview for students.
  • Some sixty-four exercises and ninety-one worked examples feature real-world scenarios
  • Hundreds of diagrams illustrate concepts and results to help readers visualise concepts and improve intuition
  • Detailed mathematical derivations are built for clarity rather than complete rigour
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Network Flow Algorithms

Network Flow Algorithms
Network flow theory has been used across a number of disciplines, including theoretical computer science, operations research, and discrete math, to model not only problems in the transportation of goods and information, but also a wide range of applications from image segmentation problems in computer vision to deciding when a baseball team has been eliminated from contention...

  It covers maximum flows, minimum-cost flows, generalized flows, multicommodity flows, and global minimum cuts and also presents recent work on computing electrical flows along with recent applications of these flows to classical problems in network flow theory.
  • Presents results in the area from a modern computer science algorithms outlook
  • Contains several key algorithms not previously treated in book form, including new algorithms on electrical flow
  • Includes fifty-five end-of-chapter exercises which provide applications and additional algorithms to analyze
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Next-Generation Ethics - Engineering a Better Society 

Next-Generation Ethics
Engineering a Better Society
Many of the significant developments of our era have resulted from advances in technology, including the design of large-scale systems; advances in medicine, manufacturing, and artificial intelligence; the role of social media in influencing behaviour and toppling governments; and the surge of online transactions that are replacing human face-to-face interactions...

Technologists and general readers with no formal ethics training and specialists exploring technological applications to the field of ethics will benefit from this overview.
  • Written in a style tailored to a general audience
  • Applications span a variety of different fields, including technology, business, medicine, and public policy
  • Prominent contributors include Vint Cerf, Glenda Cooper, Eric Horvitz, and Deirdre Mulligan
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Fundamentals of Machine Learning 

Fundamentals of Machine Learning
Interest in machine learning is exploding worldwide, both in research and for industrial applications. Machine learning is fast becoming a fundamental part of everyday life.
This book is a brief introduction to this area - exploring its importance in a range of many disciplines, from science to engineering, and even its broader impact on our society. The book is written in a style that strikes a balance between brevity of explanation, rigorous mathematical argument, and outlines principle ideas...
  • Includes both deep learning and Bayesian ideas, whereas most books on machine learning focus only on either deep learning or Bayesian approaches
  • Gives the reader a broad overview of this rapidly growing field, in a short and accessible guide
  • Provides the reader with programming examples, helping them better understand the concepts of machine learning
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The Oxford Handbook of Expertise 

The Oxford Handbook of Expertise
The study of expertise weaves its way through various communities of practice, across disciplines, and over millennia. To date, the study of expertise has been primarily concerned with how human beings perform at a superior level in complex environments and sociotechnical systems, and at the highest levels of proficiency...
  • A comprehensive and inclusive review of the science of expertise.
  • Expert editors and contributors guide readers through a growing research area.
  • Wide range of topics covering a broad field give readers everything they need to know about this ever growing area of research.
  • Provides guidelines on how to use the material presented to study expertise.
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Computing Possible Futures 

Computing Possible Futures
Mathematical modelling and simulation is an increasingly powerful area of mathematics and computer science, which in recent years has been fuelled by the unprecedented access to larger than ever stores of data. These techniques have an increasing number of applications in the professional and political spheres, and people try to predict the results of certain courses of action as accurately as possible... 
  • A wide range of modeling paradigms are addressed and explained with detailed illustrations rather than pure mathematics, making content easier to digest
  • Brings material to life with illustrations of how computational models have supported important real life decisions
  • Provides broad coverage of systems engineering, operations research, analytics, and AI, all applied in the context of a human-centered approach
  • Makes a breadth of conceptual material easy to digest
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How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life

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This eBook explores how and why to unteher yourself from technology throughout the workday, on the weekends, and on vacation, without undoing your career...
  • Baratunde Thurton’s ambivalence toward technology - how fulfilling yet burdensome social platforms became for him, or to
  • Young Rahm Emanuel’s desire to fit in family life with a heady White House gig, or to
  • A Home Depot executive’s inability to turn down projects for fear of missing out on growing business, or to
  • One millennial’s struggle to resist his generation’s lifestyle
Every day we make choices - for starters, how much or how little to unplug - that enhance or detract from our lifestyle.
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Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages. 
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📚 Books and ☕️ coffee! 

Source: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.

Summer reading: booksellers recommend… | Books - The Guardian

Staff at four award-winning independent bookshops tell us what they’ll be packing for their holidays by The Guardian.

Emma Corfield-Walters, in her shop, Book-ish in Crickhowell.
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Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh
Independent bookshop of the year 2019. When art historian Mark Jones opened his bookshop in 2012 he planned to call it ‘The Golden Crocodile’. He commissioned his daughter Agnes, an artist-blacksmith, to create a mascot for it and she returned with a golden hare.

Julie Danskin, manager
When shoppers ask me for holiday reads, they often want something engrossing for a plane journey. I highly recommend the immersive Vivian by Christina Hesselholdt (Fitzcarraldo), about the life of photographer Vivian Maier, or merman romantic comedy The Pisces by Melissa Broder (Bloomsbury)...

Book.ish, Chrickhowell, Wales
Nine years ago Emma Corfield-Walters was running a building surveying company before an “early mid-life crisis” prompted her to sell up and start a bookshop. She doesn’t have time for a holiday this year: “There’s no rest for the bookseller,” she says, “but reading is a holiday in itself. Books are my escape.” She has just been picked as a “rising star” by the Bookseller. Book.ish is regional independent bookshop of the year 2019 and sits on what is currently the “UK’s best high street” – after Crickhowell won the top prize at last year’s Great British High Street awards.

Emma Corfield-Walters, owner
You couldn’t do better than take along a copy of Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls, an astutely observed, nostalgic look at first love and that long summer on the cusp of adulthood. Victoria Hislop’s Those Who Are Loved ticks all the boxes of brilliantly researched historical fiction bound up in family sagas set in her beloved Greece.
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Source: The Guardian

Celebrate the moon landing anniversary with books that go beyond the small step | Editor's Picks - Science News

50 years after Apollo 11, new books offer fresh perspectives, recommends Staff Writer at Science News.

READ ALL ABOUT IT - Books commemorating the Apollo 11 anniversary offer varied takes on the space race and the mission to the moon.
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Astronomy lovers are not the only ones excited about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Publishers are also taking note, serving up a pile of books to mark the occasion.

Are you looking for a general overview of the birth of the U.S. space program? Would you rather geek out on the technical details of the Apollo missions? How about flipping through a collection of photographs from the era? Science News staff took a look at the offerings and picked out a few favorites to help you decide. There’s something for everyone in the list below.
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Source: Science News

26 Books You Should Read On Your Next Vacation | Books - BuzzFeed News

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best book they read while on vacation by Ciera Velarde, BuzzFeed Staff. 


If you have a trip coming up, we recommend taking along one of these great picks.
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Source: BuzzFeed News

10 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books. 

A couple of years ago, the song of the summer for me was Jason Isbell’s sweet-sad “If We Were Vampires,” with its perfect blend of romance and mortality: “It’s knowing that this can’t go on forever / Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone.” (That line becomes next-level excellent when you realize that the haunting backup vocals are provided by Isbell’s wife, Amanda Shires.) This summer, I’m getting a similarly poignant shiver from the novella “Walt Kaplan Is Broke,” which closes Peter Orner’s terrific new story collection “Maggie Brown & Others” and features a coronary patient taking stock of his long, mostly happy marriage: “I’m afraid of dying because I love my wife.” There’s a lot of affection in that story, and in all of Orner’s characteristically generous work, and you could do worse than settling in with his book this week.

More recommended fiction: Denise Mina’s latest propulsive mystery, “Conviction.” Neal Stephenson’s mind-bending saga “Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell” (it’s the rare sff novel that treats all three of those initials equally). Domenica Ruta’s end-of-world portrait, “Last Day.” And Jill Ciment’s lovely, sly “The Body in Question,” about sequestered jurors on a murder trial embarking on an affair. There’s just no escaping love and death.

Source: New York Times