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Introducing the Blog on Math Blogs

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A visualization of the twin primes using an Ulam spiral. Created by Silveira Neto and shared under a Creative Commons-attribution-share alike license.

I'm pleased to introduce a new American Mathematical Society blog: the Blog on Math Blogs! Over there, my co-editor Brie Finegold and I are featuring posts from around the math blogosphere to help you keep up with math news and find new math blogs to follow.

We've been around for about two months now, and so far we've featured:

The Mathematics of Planet Earth blog, which provides a post a day about celestial mechanics, network theory, climate change, and mathematical approaches to understanding our planet.

Win at Math!, a roundup of some fun math games for procrastination very important educational purposes.

Binary Bonsai and Other Mathematical "Plants," about a nice knitting/botany/mathematics blog.

Building the World Digital Mathematical Library, an effort to determine the best way to make mathematics papers available online.

This Week in Number Theory, a roundup of blog coverage of two big results about prime numbers: Yitang Zhang's progress towards the twin primes conjecture, and Harald Helfgott's proof of the ternary Goldbach conjecture.

On Pregnancy and Probability, a look at Kate Owens's recent posts about being a pregnant mathematician.

The mathematics-related events and panels at the World Science Festival.

Celebrating the Grandmothers of STEM, about Rachel Levy's collection of stories about older women in all sorts of science careers.

Narrowing the Gap, a follow-up to the twin primes post, about the remarkably quick progress that has been made on improving Zhang's bound for twin primes.

The Calculus of Poetry (Poetry of Calculus?), about a math poetry blog that shared some related rates poetry.

We're casting a wide net in terms of blog topics, so we'll be writing about research, teaching, links between math and art, applied math, and who knows what else. If that's the kind of thing you might like, bookmark the Blog on Math Blogs. You might be interested in checking out some of the other AMS blogs while you're at it. As an early-career mathematician, I find PhD plus epsilon particularly relevant.

Now I've blogged about the blog on math blogs. I hope someone will blog about this blog post. We need to get this thing as fractal as possible!

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