I expect many readers of this blog may also be familiar with the two math carnivals: rambling celebrations of all things mathematical that wander monthly among math and math-teacher blogs. The Carnival of Mathematics (CoM) is explained here; it occurs the first Friday of each month. Math Teachers at Play (MTaP), with the same period but nicely out-of-phase with the CoM (the cosine to CoM’s sine) occurs on third Fridays of each month, and is housed here.
Here are a few interesting new posts I discovered there:
Whit poses an interesting answer to the question What is Algebra? “Students should think of algebra not as a set of rules for solving things. . .” Meanwhile, Pat presents A Guest Blog (Rant?) from Dave Renfro about Pi Day in the news. Eldhose posts a nice assortment of puzzles, too. Kitten impressed me by getting the Coffee machine right, and who wouldn’t chuckle at a rate puzzle which begins: “If a boy and a half eat a hot dog and a half in a minute and a half. . .”
Now, there are also a ton of other gems up there. Some I came across before the carnival, for example because they were in my rss reader, or because I follow on Twitter the folks who wrote them. So please don’t just take my suggestions/discoveries but head on over to Math Teachers at Play to explore on your own!
Lastly, I couldn’t agree more with this recommendation for a fantastic series of New York Times articles on popular mathematics:
If you haven’t been following the Opinionator math columns, take a look at the latest: Square Dancing. And then go back and read them all.