The beauty of math

From the latest issue of Numeracy, Rick Gillman (Valparaiso): Reorganizing School Mathematics for Quantitative Literacy. Mathematicians are facing a stark choice — embrace monstrous infinite entities or admit the basic rules of arithmetic are broken. A review of Dude, Can You Count? Stories, Challenges, and Adventures in Mathematics by Christian Constanda. A review of Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics by Amir Alexander. A review of The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life by Marcus du Sautoy and Here’s Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math by Alex Bellos (and more). A review essay on two books by Ole Skovsmose. A special issue of the Annals of Improbable Research on mathematics is now online. The beauty of math: Incalculable beauty is the result when equations produce fractals. Has the devilish math problem “P vs NP” finally been solved? (Maybe not — and more) The pattern collector: The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences outgrows its creator. Not fully understanding the "equal sign" in a math problem could be a key to why US students underperform their peers from other countries in math. Mathematics is sometimes applicable, sometimes not, and we have to know where to use it. Mathematics is no match for evolution or consciousness — is that a temporary problem? A review of The Elements of Euclid by Oliver Byrne (and more by Albert Mobilio).