September 20, 2018
A running list of great essays, papers, and videos I've seen this month.
- An interactive tutorial on the game theory of trust: The Evolution of Trust by Nicky Case.
- On Monday the 24th, Sir Michael Atiyah will give a 45 minute talk at The Heidelberg Laureate Forum. According to the talk's abstract, he will present a "simple proof" of the Riemann Hypothesis -- one of the oldest and most important unsolved problems in Mathematics. The discovery of such a proof, especially from someone so old (Atiyah is 89), would be earth-shaking. See this article for more on Atiyah. A notable quote is: "I've got all the medals I need. What could I lose? So that's why I'm prepared to take a gamble that a young researcher wouldn't be prepared to take ... If I make a mess of it now, people will say, "All right, he was a good mathematician, but at the end of his life he lost his marbles." The community has reacted with encouragement but mostly with polite skepticism. We'll find out soon enough.
- In memory of the late senator's passing, Rolling Stone republished a remarkable story from John McCain's 2000 primary bid. The inimitable David Foster Wallace on John McCain: 'The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the Shrub'
- Friday the 21st's Google Doodle honors the 51st anniversary of the filming of the first episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Here's a great piece about the man and his legacy: Can You Say... Hero? Fred Rogers has been doing the same small good thing for a very long time...