Posts filed under “Mathematics”

Does Math Exist or Is It a Human Creation?

Math is invisible. Unlike physics, chemistry, and biology we can’t see it, smell it, or even directly observe it in the universe. And so that has made a lot of really smart people ask, does it actually even EXIST?!?! Similar to the tree falling in the forest, there are people who believe that if no person existed to count, math wouldn’t be around . .at ALL!!!! But is this true? Do we live in a mathless universe? Or if math is a real entity that exists, are there formulas and mathematical concepts out there in the universe that are undiscovered? Or is it all fiction? Whew!! So many questions, so many theories… watch the episode and let us know what you think!

Is Math a Feature of the Universe or a Feature of Human Creation? | Idea Channel | PBS

Hat tip boingboing

Category: Mathematics, Philosophy, Video

Possible versus Probable

Its Friday, and has become my wont, this is the day of the week I like to kick back, wax philosophical about various thoughts kicking about me noggin. One of the things that I have been noticing of late is the way so many people seem to confuse facts with forecasts. Twitter is rife with…Read More

Category: Hedge Funds, Investing, Mathematics, Philosophy, Venture Capital

Most Human Males Never Retired (they just died)

Click to enlarge Source: The Motley Fool   “The entire concept of retirement is unique to the late-20th century. Before World War II, most Americans worked until they died.”   The quote above is from Morgan Housel. He has become the most consistently interesting writer on Motley Fool (a site I never really grokked). I was reminded…Read More

Category: 401(k), Employment, Investing, Mathematics

How You Are Unlikely to Die

Awesome graphic via The Economist: click for giant graphi

Category: Digital Media, Mathematics, Weekend

10 Thursday PM Reads

My afternoon train reading: • Your Brain in Love (Scientific American) • Big Wall Street Buyouts Might Be a Bullish Sign (The Slant) • Less-Trusting Millennial Investors Pose Challenge to Advisors (Advisor One) • The Biggest Financial Asset in Your Portfolio Is You (NYT) • Why Inflation Doves Are Really Hawks (Employment, Interest, and Money)…Read More

Category: Markets, Mathematics

Top 110%

Source: Dilbert

Category: Humor, Mathematics

Self-Description, Black & White Edition

XKCD  

Category: Humor, Mathematics

QOTD: On Bias, Correlation and Objectivity

I love the way this unfolds: Someone did a study — I have no idea if its serious or not –  that suggested eating more chocolate improves a nation’s chances of producing Nobel Prize winners. One of the Nobel prize winners responded with the appropriate amount of snark: “Eric Cornell, who won the Nobel Prize…Read More

Category: Humor, Mathematics, Psychology, UnScience

Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos and Other Mathematical Visions


Source: Scientific American

Category: Mathematics, Science, Video

Defining Risk Versus Uncertainty

Longtime readers will recall that I find the Uncertainty meme to be mostly silly (see this and this). The foolishness continues to come up amongst allegedly serious people. I find many of these folks (mostly) devoid of original thought, choosing instead to repeat things pundits of questionable insight have previously said (PoQI™ is a registered trademark…Read More

Category: Mathematics, Philosophy, Really, really bad calls