1) Fun li'l anecdote about topologist Egbert Rudolf van Kampen from MathOverflow.net last week:
2) New popular statistics (…I know, that sounds like an oxymoron! ;-)) book out from Gary Smith, "Standard Deviations":
(haven't read it, but it's from a professor at
I have never eaten Vegemite---should I try it? I currently have no children---should I apply to adopt a child? In each case, one might imagine, whichever choice I make, I can make it rationally by appealing to the principles of decision theory. Not according to L. A. Paul. In her rich and fascinating new book, Transformative Experience, Paul issues two challenges to orthodox decision theory---they are based upon examples such as these.(In this post and the next, I'd like […]
An article "Worlds Without Domain" arguing against the idea that possible worlds have domains. The abstract is: "A modal analogue to the "hole argument" in the foundations of spacetime is given against the conception of possible worlds having their own special domains".