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Having featured interviews with two of our three editors in the past (see: Christian P here and Katie here), the lovely people at mathblogging.org have now completed the set and this week feature an interview with “the Bill Bryson of mathematics” (source: overheard at the Maths Jam conference), our own Peter Rowlett.
Why and when did Peter start blogging? Does anything still exist in maths he hasn’t yet blogged about? Find out in ‘Mathematical Instruments: Travels in a Mathematical World‘.
Who’s really good at the internet? I mean, really? Do any of us have a handle on that crazy pile of ones and zeroes that sucks away so much of our leisure time while simultaneously providing us with access to all of human knowledge at the click of a button? In another misguided attempt to help us all clamber on top of the ever-increasing pile of data and facts (and opinions), here’s some more recommendations of who to follow on Twitter, and some links and funny things they have recently Twittered.
You may remember that The Aperiodical’s own Katie Steckles was interviewed on mathblogging.org’s Mathematical Instruments. Now it is the turn of Christian Perfect.
Why and when did Christian start blogging? What does he read every day? Find out in ‘Mathematical Instruments: cp’s mathem-o-blog‘.
Tip-top maths blog review site mathblogging.org has been running a series of interviews with maths bloggers. I think all three of the Aperiodical triumvirate have taken part, but Katie’s answers were published today. She said some things that made me feel unexpectedly positive about this site, so I’m happy.
I’m sure mine and Peter’s responses will appear in due course. Meanwhile, interviews with Igor Carron, Izabella Laba, Samuel Hansen, David Wees and Christian P. Robert are already online and worth reading.
The Mathblogging.org blog has a new series of posts, ‘Mathematical Instruments’, highlighting mathematical bloggers. The posts take the form of an interview in which the subject answers questions about their blog and blogging in general. The first post explains that this will
let bloggers tell you a little bit about themselves. We call it “Mathematical Instruments” because we see blogging as a valuable addition to the toolbox for research and education. But it is still fairly new and sometimes gets overlooked or dismissed by people who don’t know what to use it for.
The idea of these short interviews is that we can learn a little more about how this instrument can be used, and meet some of the people who are already using it.
Source and more posts (in time): Mathematical Instruments.
The feeds at Mathblogging.org ran dry this morning following a realisation that every topic has now been covered.
The news prompted a major fall in the Mathblogging.org share price, sparking concerns about the aggregator’s future.
The news is particularly unwelcome for The Aperiodical, a blogging collaboration which is still yet to formally launch. The realisation came to light when the team behind The Aperiodical concluded that there was nothing new to blog about.
“We thought we could write a post about representing Sicherman dice as a different dissections of a diagram,” said Katie Steckles on behalf of the group, “but it’s been done”.
The team then thought they might write about the asymptotic distribution of a single eigenvalue gap of a Wigner matrix, a description of Nicolas Bourbaki’s wedding invitation or a story about a US President finding an original proof of the Pythagorean Theorem, but all have been written.
“We worked all through the night trying to think of ideas,” Steckles explained, “but came up blank. Every possible topic has been blogged somewhere, and there’s certainly no point in mathematics blogs repeating each other.”
So what now for the group? “We’ll just have to wait until someone invents some new mathematics.”
Until then, all mathematical blogging worldwide will cease and mathematical bloggers will have to find some other contribution to make. Some have announced plans to move down the xkcd purity scale until they find a subject that can be infinitely re-interpreted.