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Tuesday book club: Video and links for "Proofiness"

From: Andrew K.
Sent on: Friday, November 22, 2013 5:05 PM

For those who haven't finished "Proofiness", or couldn't obtain it:

Charles Seife's hour-long Authors @ Google event goes through many of the themes and examples in the book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiQwZ6inbOM

There's also video of Seife's presentation at The Strand bookstore in NYC; the presentation looks near-identical to the Google one and the video quality is much poorer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuxWuM_UOrg

This USA Today story focuses on one thread from the book, voting confusion:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/2010-10-29-proofiness-voting_N.htm

These voting issues came up in Virginia recently, with the state race for attorney general.  As this Post said, 5 days after the election: "As of Sunday night, Obenshain led by 17 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast." As of today, the margin grew a bit, to 165, but clearly this race was a tie, and the decision should be left up to "a majority vote of the total membership of the Virginia General Assembly."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/virginia-attorney-general-vote-headed-for-a-recount/2013/11/10/e51516b2-4a17-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_story.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/11/12/in-virginias-attorney-general-race-a-tie-goes-to-the-republican/

--amk

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