Tom Hendersons Punk-Mathematics

Von Tom Henderson hörte ich zum ersten mal im Zusammenhang mit diesem Interview, in dem er Mathematik, Bildung, Game-Theory und Punkrock unter einen Hut bekommt: The Philosophy of Punk Rock Mathematics – Technoccult interviews Tom Henderson.

1) People use the average Joe’s poor mathematics as a way to control, exploit, and numerically fuck him over.

2) Mathematics is the subject in which, regardless of what the authorities tell you is true, you can verify every last iota of truth, with a minimum of equipment.

Therefore, if you are concerned with the empowerment of everyday people, and you believe that it’s probably a good idea to be skeptical of authority you could do worse than to develop your skills at being able to talk math in such a way that anyone can ask questions, can express curiosity, can imagine applying it in the most weird-ass off-the-wall ways possible.

Und jetzt schreibt der gute Mann ein Buch, das er über Kickstarter finanzieren lässt (bzw. ließ, das Spendenziel ist schon längst erreicht. Kickstarter finde ich übrigens nach wie vor ein superfaszinierendes und vor allem anscheinend superfunktionierendes Projekt, aber das ist ein anderes Thema).

Punk Mathematics will be a series of mathematical stories. It is written for readers who are interested in having their minds expanded by the strange metaphors and implications of mathematics, even if they're not always on friendly terms with equations. Better living through probability; the fractal dimension of cities and cancers; using orders of magnitude to detect bullshit; free will and quantum economics; and the mathematics of cooperation in a networked world on the brink of a No Future collapse.

Praise Tom Henderson: Punk Mathematics auf Kickstarter (unbedingt das Video dort anschauen), hier Mathpunk auf Twitter, hier sein Podcast, hier sein Blog: Mathpunk! Mathpunk, Mathpunk, Mathpunk! (via Coilhouse)