FAQ

How can I start my own math blog?

Blogging is really easy. Go to wordpress.com and register a blog. It does not cost money. Or, if you're more adventurous, you can register your own domain name and install wordpress on it. That is not that expensive but I recommend trying the free way first to see if you like it.

To display math, you have to use either WP-LaTeX or MathJax. I have tried both, and while WP-LaTeX is a little easier to set up with WordPress, MathJax looks much better and is easier to use once you actually install and configure it.

Do I need a PhD to be a successful math blogger?

Absolutely not. If you understand something in mathematics, you can and should be able to explain it. If you like writing about mathematics, you should go for it.

Can I write a guest post?

Yes! Please do! Though not many people do, probably because it's a lot of work and you won't get paid for it. But then again, I haven't made a cent off writing either. I just do it for fun.

In particular, if you've read a math book (popular or technical), I would really appreciate a review of it. Your name will be prominently displayed at the top of the post.

Can I promote my educational product?

No. I do allow reviews of products (like books or course materials) by independent and disinterested third-parties, but no biased advertising from those with financial interests.

How can I order the Aleph Zero Categorical T-shirt?

There is no T-shirt. If you print one yourself though, I would find it amusing unless you sold it for profit, in which case I would be mad.

Why are there book reviews about books that have nothing to do with math?

Everything is related to math in some way. The serious answer is that I've decided to review books on technology and science as well as math, since I think most readers would be interested in them.

However, I have kept and continue to keep the vast majority of posts tightly focused on math. This blog won't turn into a review of my favourite TV-shows. I promise.

Why are there posts about statistics? Isn't this blog about algebra?

It is true that most of my research is in algebra. But I'm interested in a wide variety of math. As Sammo Hung said in The Incredible Kung Fu Master: "Some people like chicken, others like fish, others prefer vegetable and bean curd. I like it all, as long as it's edible."

Will other strange posts appear in the future?

Once in a while, that might happen. But this blog will always be primarily a math blog.

What do you think of University XYZ?

Unlike most of the questions on this page, I've actually been asked this one a few times. If you need some advice, feel free to email me.


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