Math Blogs for College Students – Part 1

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Math blogs can offer students a different outlook on the field by both amateurs and professionals (photo courtesy of David Schwen on flickr).

Are you considering a degree in math? If so, the following list of blogs may help you to gain a better understanding of the opportunities that may present themselves to someone with a knack for numbers.

1. Math-Blog

This blog includes posts about applied math, math education, news about math, and more. There are also a ton of links and resources for software, additional readings, user-friendly tutorials, and math web sites.

2. The Unapologetic Mathematician

This blog features “mathematics for the interested outsider.” The blog entries are quite detailed and intense; they do not go into the basics of mathematics, but rather assume the reader is already skilled in the area. This would probably be a great resource for upper-level students.

3. Gower’s Weblog

Timothy Gowers, a British mathematician who is a member of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Cambridge University, writes this blog. Entries include in-depth discussions about mathematical problems, as well as discussions about industry news and trends. He also includes a number of links to interesting articles, useful tools, and math websites for readers to explore.

4. The n-Category Cafe

Formatted as a group blog, the site features discussions about news and developments in the field of mathematics.

5. Not Even Wrong

This blog is written by the author of the book of the same name. Entries discuss both math and physics.

6. (x, why?)

This blog is definitely one of the more creative and colorful of the bunch, which is why I think it is just too darn cute. Full of cartoons and comics, a humorous take on math is given, but lessons are included in each.

7. Secret Blogging Seminar

This group blog is written by eight Ph.D. students from the University of California at Berkeley. Entries address conferences, information regarding professional journals, and, again, all topics related to math (algebra, geometry, etc.).

8. 360

This unofficial blog from the Nazareth College math department discusses various topics pertaining to the subject of math. Guest bloggers are also invited to participate in the discussion and a regular contributor is actually from one of NC’s “rival” colleges.

9. Mathematics Under the Microscope

Written by a variety of mathematics gurus, this blogs dedicates itself to the “atomic objects, structures and concepts of mathematics.” Formally written, recent entries address women and math, the Feit-Thompson theorem, and fractions and long division.

10. A Neighborhood of Infinity

Mathematical equations and problems are explored in great detail on this blog. Despite the pictures, the information presented is so complex, I cannot even begin to explain what specific math topics are regularly covered. But, the entries are in-depth, broken down logically and with supporting information, and provide connections to other areas of study (computer science, for example).

11. Tanya Khovanova’s Math Blog

This blog is about “mathematics, applications of mathematics to life in general, and my life as a mathematician.” Khovanova breaks down her entries into both categories and dates to provide easy access for future reference, and provides an in-depth look into all types of math problems one may come across.

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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