Archives for January, 2012

Another Review for the BSB!

The Big Sudoku Book has received another review, and in an unexpected venue: The Wall Street Journal! The review is by Keith Devlin, a mathematician at Stanford University and the author of a small library of books of his own. Devlin writes: The authors show vividly that mathematics is really about the power of abstraction,…

In Praise of Teachers’s Unions

Over at Talking Philosophy, Mike LaBossiere offers a defense of teachers’s unions. He is a bit too tame for my taste, and he is far too respectful towards anti-union arguments that have far more to do with general hostility to public education than they do with measured criticism, but in the end he arrives at…

Department of Self-Promotion

Well, the BSB (that’s the Big Sudoku Book) has now received its first review. It comes from Ed Pegg Jr., who runs an excellent website about mathematical games and puzzles and is very well-known among those interested in recreational mathematics. Did he like the book? Along with Sudoku Masterpieces and Mutant Sudoku, this is one…

Another Round on Adam and Eve

Since my little break has turned out to be longer than I anticipated, I fear that my blog muscles have atrophied a bit. So let’s start flexing them again by revisiting a familiar topic: Adam and Eve. Over at HuffPo, Peter Enns makes another contribution to the genre that tries to explain why evangelical Christians…

A Solution to the 17-Clue Problem?

In honor of the publication of the BSB (that’s the Big Sudoku Book, for those not up on the local slang), my coauthor, Laura, and I hosted a session at last week’s Joint Mathematics Meetings about the mathematics of Sudoku. I gave the opening talk in the session, an overview of some interesting mathematical questions…

ID’s Demise, Revisited

I have a general policy of not blogging when I’m on the road, but I couldn’t resist poking my head up to call your attention to this article, by Paul Wallace, over at HuffPo. Follow the link to see why…