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__Rationale for this Project__

- This is rather an eccentric activity, partly an attempt to exorcise some ancient demon – the rather bruising experience of reading mathematics at King’s College Cambridge back in the mid 1970’s.
- However, any modern educated person should be reasonably up to date with the mathematical sciences, and statistical and probability theory are essential tools for evaluating evidence, and are useful in Bridge! If only advanced mathematics wasn’t such a difficult subject.
- This project is diverging from Mathematics per se to the Philosophy of Mathematics and other related subjects. For instance, Philosophy of Mathematics features in Philosophy of Religion by providing an analogy or model of the sort of necessary existence that God is supposed to have.

- I spent 12.75 hours in 24Q1 on this Project, or related work (25 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2023). That's 97.8% of the planned effort (95.9% YTD). Overall, 1.6% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 1.7% YTD) - as against 1.6% planned (1.7% YTD).
- Further details follow (for the latest Quarter: 23Q4):-
(Total Hours = 12.75)__Mathematics__**Mathematics - Reading / Writing**(Total Hours = 12.25)- "BBC - Are there more possible games of chess than atoms in the universe?" (1.5 hours)
- Family Accounting Review (0.5 hours)
- Higher-Rate Tax Relief for Charitable contributions (2.25 hours)

→ See "Admin - Mathematics - Admin" (2.75 hours) - "Kanigel (Robert) - The Man Who Knew Infinity - The Life of the Genius Ramanujan" (0.5 hours)
- "Ronan (Mark) - Symmetry and the Monster: The Story of One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics" (1.75 hours)
- "Russell (Bertrand) - The Principles of Mathematics" (1.25 hours)
- "Russell (Bertrand) - Whitehead and Principia Mathematica" (0.5 hours)
- "Whitehead (Alfred North) & Russell (Bertrand) - Principia Mathematica - Vol 1" (2.5 hours)
- "Whitehead (Alfred North) & Russell (Bertrand) - Principia Mathematica - Vol 2" (0.5 hours)
- "Whitehead (Alfred North) & Russell (Bertrand) - Principia Mathematica - Vol 3" (1 hour)

**Mathematics - Admin**- 23Q4 Status Reports (0.5 hours)

→ See "Admin - Mathematics - Admin" (0.5 hours)

- 23Q4 Status Reports (0.5 hours)

- I scheduled only one hour a week in 24Q1 and spent almost exactly this amount of time pottering around in various books on my list, together with investigating the mathematics behind my tax affairs. I did some investigation into the degree to which Alfred North Whitehead assisted Bertrand Russell in
*Principia Mathematica*. Russell claims that it was more than might have been suspected. - I intend to continue this minimalist approach for the rest of the academic year.
- Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List
^{1}, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

- Because of the need to focus on higher-priority projects, it is not realistically possible to schedule any further time on this project for the rest of the academic year.
- If I do find the time, I’ll be looking into:-
- "Admin - Math Trainer":
__Try out___{2} - Aeon
^{3}: Read papers as they arise. - "Cummings (Jay) - Proofs: A Long-Form Mathematics Textbook": Read.
- "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics": Browse.
- "Ronan (Mark) - Symmetry and the Monster: The Story of One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics": Read.
- "Polya (George), Stewart (Ian) - How to Solve IT: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method": Read.
- "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics": Complete reading.
- "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising": Analyze.
- Try the puzzles in

→ "Polya (George) & Kilpatrick (Jeremy) - The Stanford Mathematics Problem Book: With Hints and Solutions", and

→ "UKMT, du Sautoy (Marcus) - The Ultimate Mathematical Challenge". - "Wikipedia - Normal Distribution",
- "Wikipedia - Cauchy Distribution", and
- "Wikipedia - Prosecutor's fallacy"

- "Admin - Math Trainer":

- Naturally, I have a substantial collection of
__mathematics books___{4}.

- Trying out Math Trainer ("Admin - Math Trainer") seems a bit eccentric, but I’ve found that – as the time has passed – I’ve got lazier and lazier with mental arithmetic, and could do with perking up a bit. The App seems of some use.

- These are not left over from my Cambridge days as these few books were given away to my sister’s high-school in Gloucester by my mother during my brief sojourn with the Carthusians.
- Rather, I found them going cheap in bulk at a local second-hand bookshop.
- They are accessible via …this link.

Date |
Length |
Title |

01/04/2024 20:08:10 | 4199 | Status: Mathematics (2023 - December) |

04/10/2023 21:59:02 | 5947 | Status: Mathematics (2023 - September) |

06/07/2023 00:43:12 | 5383 | Status: Mathematics (2023 - June) |

30/04/2023 01:06:14 | 6711 | Status: Mathematics (2023 - March) |

10/01/2023 23:35:31 | 5229 | Status: Mathematics (2022 - December) |

10/10/2022 22:32:10 | 5801 | Status: Mathematics (2022 - September) |

03/07/2022 01:29:17 | 5417 | Status: Mathematics (2022 - June) |

11/04/2022 00:01:26 | 5382 | Status: Mathematics (2022 - March) |

03/01/2022 23:58:34 | 4391 | Status: Mathematics (2021 - December) |

02/07/2021 20:32:38 | 5339 | Status: Mathematics (2021 - June) |

03/04/2021 19:58:05 | 4796 | Status: Mathematics (2021 - March) |

04/01/2021 19:40:48 | 5079 | Status: Mathematics (2020 - December) |

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