Math Blogs for College Students – Part 2


Full of detail and sometimes even pictures, math blogs can provide students with access to information outside the formal classroom (photo courtesy of atgeo on flickr).

As discussed before, students with a natural knack for numbers may find a degree in math to be a suitable pursuit for higher education. Other industries- such as engineering, information technology, and science- may also be of interest to a “number-cruncher”.

12. Annoying Precision

This blog has been going since January of 2009 and is written by Qiaochu Yuan, a first-year graduate student at UC Berkeley. His belief is that the best way to learn is to teach, but for now blogging is close enough. Recent entries have focused on the reconstruction theorem, string diagrams, and groupoids.

13. Rigorous Trivialities

Aren’t blogs forever-evolving? Well, if that’s true, we will consider this blog on its third turn, per say. Once a group blog, then a solo project, and now back to a group blog, the focus seems to have landed on algebraic geometry.

14. Stacks Project Blog

Aise Johan de Jong is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Columbia University. His blog focuses on algebraic stacks and algebraic geometry, with the keen ability to bring “nerd humor” into each posting. He also provides an extensive list of “For Nerds” links, including one for the zen pencils cartoon and blog.

15. The Geomblog

This blog is not updated as often as others in this list, but still has some interesting information regarding mathematics. The main focus is computers and geometry, but the author also discusses news and technology.

16. Division by Zero

Dave Richeson, chair of the department of mathematics and computer science at Dickinson College is the mastermind behind this blog and its entries. This blog focuses on math, puzzles, teaching and technology while also providing access to outside resources (check out the Virtual seminar tab for more information!).

17. Math Notations

This blogs focuses on developing extensive posts that cover both math program and classroom challenges. The difficulty of the problems worked out in each post rivals those found on assessment tests such as the SAT.

18. Pat’s Blog

Anyone interested in math will find something here. Written by a math teacher, recent entries include historical events, On This Day in Math and a countdown to Pi Day.

19. What’s New

Terence Tao writes this blogs, which is focuses on research, open problems, and all topics math.  The posts are aimed at those who have a graduate background in math, but there is also a lot of information that could benefit the undergraduate math student, too.

20. Math for Love

A mathematician writes this blog, which is “about math, creativity, culture, education, and beauty. It’s for everyone.” Videos, charts, puzzles, images, and connections to popular culture help make math relevant and interesting to a lay audience.

21. Hydrobates

Written by a German mathematician, this blog discuss theories, research and how math is related to science.

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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