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Reviving the Carnival of Mathematics

Those keeping score may have noticed there hasn’t been a new Carnival of Mathematics for a while. I’ve agreed to take a small part in running it from now on with Katie Steckles and Christian Perfect, as part of a secret new project we’re plotting. To get the ball rolling again, I’ve volunteered to host a new Carnival.

What is the Carnival of Mathematics? It’s a monthly (ish) mathematical blogging roundup. Here’s a description:

The Carnival of Mathematics accepts any mathematics-related blog posts: explanations of serious mathematics, puzzles, writing about mathematics education, mathematical anecdotes, refutations of bad mathematics, applications, reviews, etc. Sufficiently mathematized portions of other disciplines are also acceptable.

The previous Carnival of Mathematics was number 84, posted at Mathematics and Multimedia in December. So this is an announcement that the Carnival of Mathematics 85 will be hosted here on Travels in a Mathematical World in April. Please get your posts in by 2nd April. To submit articles, Katie has made a form which you should find embedded below or on the Carnival of Mathematics submission form.

You may recommend a post from your blog or a favourite you have read elsewhere. It’s helpful if you would put something in the comments box about the post and why you submitted it.

You can help by blogging, tweeting, etc. a link to this page or the submission form. Thank you!

Update (21/03/2012): Just to note that Mike Croucher, previous curator of the Carnival, has posted a blog post about the new arrangements: Carnival of Mathematics – The Next Generation.

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Second-Rate Minds

For writing practice, Samuel Hansen and I are collaborating on a new blog, Second-Rate Minds. We take the name from a quote from the beginning of A Mathematician’s Apology by G.H. Hardy (1940):

There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds.

We plan to alternately write short pieces on and around mathematics and edit each others writing. I wrote the first post, “Moving on a strange diagonal“, a write-up of my 2010 Maths Jam Conference talk about a puzzle and my thoughts on its use in education. Expect future posts at roughly two a month. If you want to keep up with future posts there is an RSS feed and a Twitter account.

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