Math Carnivalia: Present, Future and Past

August 26, 2007

The 15th Carnival of Mathematics is now up at John Kemeny’s A Mispelt Bog, and it looks like a good one. I especially like how he has taken the time to provide some background on the posted subjects above and beyond what was in the post entries themselves. It definitely sets a high bar for whatever poor schlemiel is going to be hosting the next one.

Which reminds me, the 16th Carnival of Mathematics will be hosted by yours truly right here in two weeks, on September 7th. The theme for the next fortnight’s edition will be:

How has the mathematical mindset shaped your self-actualization in a post-postmodern world?

I don’t know about you, but I could write a few thousand words on that without even thinking… Hey, wait, come back! I’m only joking! The Carnival of Mathematics is not a “themed” carnival beyond the mission statement that applies to all editions. The short version, from the Blog Carnival entry for the CoM is as follows:

Everything math-related goes in here: proofs, explanations of basic concepts, puzzles, writings about math education, mathematical anecdotes, refutations of bad math, applications of math, reviews of popular math… Note that sufficiently mathematized portions of other disciplines, especially physics and computer science, are acceptable.

For a slightly longer version, check out Alon Levy’s description at the CoM homepage. And for anyone who’s stumbled upon this page without having encountered the notion of a blog carnival before, more information can be found at Wikipedia.

So, start sending those submissions my way. You can use the Blog Carnival submission form, or you can email your links to me at kurt (at) learningcomputation (dot) com. Please include “CoM” or “Math Carnival” or the like in your subject line so I don’t mistake your message for spam.

Now, I’d like to make a couple of extra requests of you for the upcoming carnival, beyond what may have been done in the past:

First, note that Alon has added a bit of extra instruction for this edition on the submission form:

It’s perfectly acceptable to nominate entries from other blogs. The limit of three posts per individual means that a single blogger may not have more than three posts in an edition; it does not mean you may not nominate many more posts from many blogs or bloggers.

Several people in the past have made the observation that there is a lot of interesting math blogging going on that for one reason or another never gets submitted. I think it was this little exchange with Noah Snyder at the Secret Blogging Seminar that finally convinced Alon to codify this into the carnival description. So if you come across an example of someone else’s math blogging that you think deserves a wider audience, by all means submit it to the carnival. Let me know whether or not you’ve already mentioned it to the author, because I’d like to give them advance notice before linking to them.

Second, when you submit a link to me, please include a paragraph or so describing what the linked post is about. I’ll certainly read through all of the submitted posts, but I know from reading past carnivals that there are some posts for which there is just no way I could do them justice in my own words. Heck, a couple of them might as well have been Greek to me…

Finally, there has been some discussion around the past few editions of the carnival concerning the mix of “math ed” posts and “math research” (for lack of a better term) posts, for example here, here and here. So as a little experiment, I’ll be grouping the submissions by these categories. However, I know from past carnivals that some posts don’t fit cleanly into one category or another, so let me know how you think your submissions should be grouped. If I receive enough suitable entries, I’ll also create a “comp sci” category. The first few carnivals had several submissions dealing with algorithms and computational geometry, but comp sci has been AWOL lately. I’d really like to see that change.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to return to perusing the 15th edition …

posted in carnivalia, math by Kurt

1 Comment to "Math Carnivalia: Present, Future and Past"

  1. Beans wrote:

    ‘math-related’*cringes* Erm, nothing to read here, just another <>maths<> person! ;) OK, I’ll leave before you call security!

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