Math/Maths 47: Listener questions

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A conversation about mathematics between the UK and USA from This week Samuel and Peter were joined by special guest James Grime to answer listener questions. What use are graphics calculators? What is your favourite number? How do you solve 6/2(2+1) (and do you care)? Is maths rapidly developing or finished and polished? Why is most taught maths pre-1950? Is maths discovered or created? When did you first consider yourself a mathematician? What do you think of the arts? What do you think about the stereotypical mathematician? Can a short proof of Fermat's Last Theorem exist? What's the best maths communication conference? How do people use Twitter for networking and publicity?

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xkcd on graphical calculators
Are graphical calculators pointless?
Number Gossip
Matt Parker: Mistakes on the Internet will not happen for another 823 years
Combinations and Permutations's Favorite Numbers
Colin Wright: Matter of Convention
Ask a Mathematician questions
Types of scientist (or mathematician)
Twittering classes for teachers
Twitter calcwars
James Grime's website
James Grime's Twitter
James Grime's YouTube channel

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