Michael Detlefsen (Notre Dame) and Andrew Arana (KSU): Purity of Methods. From Plus, the fact is mathematics has been moving on somewhat shaky philosophical ground for some time now; Steve Humble on creating your own mathematical mysteries; and what makes an object into a musical instrument? Mathematicians have embarked on a three-year project to create their own version of the periodic table that will provide a vast directory of all the possible shapes in the universe across three, four and five dimensions. From PUP, the first chapter from The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010; and the introduction to Loving and Hating Mathematics: Challenging the Myths of Mathematical Life by Reuben Hersh and Vera John-Steiner (and more). Research finds that hidden fractals may suggest an answer to an ancient math problem. Does
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