A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: June, 2017

Read — 2017/06/27

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How Katie Ledecky became better at swimming than anyone is at anything“, by Dave Sheinin (Washington Post).
  2. Back to her roots: How Katie Ledecky became so dominant in the pool“, by S.L. Price (Sports Illustrated).

Read — 2017/06/22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The 500-page proof that only one mathematician can understand“, by Michael Byrne (Motherboard). An article on the state of the abc conjecture. Naturally slips down the slope of the “proof — for whom?” question.
  2. Why a top mathematician has joined Emmanuel Macron’s revolution“, by Elisabeth Pain (Science). Fields medalist CĂ©dric Villani leaves his post as director of the Institut Henri PoincarĂ© to represent En Marche! in France’s National Assembly.
  3. What is a generalised mean-curvature flow?“, by Hui Yu (AMS). In case you’re ever stopped on the street and asked such a question.
  4. What causes a fever?“, by Peter Nalin (Scientific American). Answer: Often, the hypothalamus responding to pyrogens. That is, your immune system fighting off intruders.
  5. French sign Reich truce, Rome Pact next“, by Guido Enderis (NY Times, 22 June 1940).

Read — 2017/06/16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. 5 things you should do after every workout“, by Aleisha Fetters (MayMyRun). Spoiler alert! Stretch, shower, weigh, eat (protein & carbs).
  2. David Beckham kisses his daughter, and the internet goes wild“, by Michelle Ruiz (Vogue). Young kids are innocently sincere in expressing themselves. Let them be themselves. There’s plenty of time for inexorable socialization to assert itself on them.