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I was very pleased on reading this news that Government of India has decided to celebrate the upcoming year 2012 as the National Mathematical Year. This is 125th birth anniversary of math-wizard Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920). He is one of the greatest mathematicians India ever produced. Well this is ‘not’ the main reason for appointing 2012 as National Mathematical Year as it is only a tribute to him. Main reason is the emptiness of mathematical awareness in Indian Students. First of all there are only a few graduating with Mathematics and second, many not choosing mathematics as a primary subject at primary levels. As mathematics is not a very earning stream, most students want to go for professional courses such as Engineering, Medicine, Business and Management. Remaining graduates who enjoy science, skip through either physical or chemical sciences. Engineering craze has developed the field of Computer Science but not so much in theoretical Computer Science, which is one of the most recommended branches in mathematics. Statistics and Combinatorics are almost ‘died’ in many of Indian Universities and Colleges. No one wants to deal with those brain cracking math-problems: neither students nor professors. Institutes where mathematics is being taught are struggling with the lack of talented lecturers. Talented mathematicians don’t want to teach here since they aren’t getting much money and ordinary lecturers can’t do much more. India is almost ‘zero’ in Mathematics and some people including critics still roar that we discovered ‘zero’, ‘pi’ and we had Ramanujan.
This is the first month of this series and discussing article is made in hurry, so one can feel an emptiness and lack of interest in it. But believe, Blog of the monthwas not selected in hurry. I took quick looks on about 500 blogs and thousands of posts. I created a list of all blogs I read and rated them on behalf of their qualities, visitors, content, language etc. From the list of 513 blogs, the shortlisted blogs were:
- What’s New (math)
- Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP(Math and Computer Science)
- Peter Cameron’s Blog(math)
- Let’s Play Math(math)
- Unapologetic Mathematician(math)
- Cock Tail Party Physics(Physics)
- WordPress Tips(Blogging)
- Honglang Wang’s Blog (Math and Programming)
- The GeomBlog(CS)
- Republic Of Mathematics (Math and Media)
I count a lot of things that there’s no need to count. Just because that’s the way I am. But I count all the things that need to be counted.
And Yes! The blog of the month is Peter Cameron’s Blog with useful content, interactive language and multidimensional approach to mathematics.
Peter Cameron is a professor of mathematics in London and he writes about math, media and education at http://cameroncounts.wordpress.com. He mingles everything with math, like poetry – media – fun and internet. His blog is full of Expositories, Problems and Results, Posts about doing – playing and learning mathematics, Poetry, Events Talks and Conferences, Typesettings and Mathematics in Media. A list of categorized posts can be found here.
Frequency of Posts: 8.5/10
Content Management: 10/10
[Last Updated: 20:03 IST 2011/08/05]
What are you views and thoughts on this selection? Rate Peter Cameron’s blog on the base of 10. Your comments are heartly welcomed.