The Aperiodical’s ‘The Big Internet Math-Off’

A post by Timothy Walton

Forget the World Cup Finals. Over at The Aperiodical, a tournament of a very different sort is taking place: The Big Internet Math-Off.

The Big Internet Math-Off
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If you enjoy mathematics (and we hope you do!), then it’s possible you already know about The Aperiodical: a blog created by Katie Steckles, Christian Lawson-Perfect and Peter Rowlett as an outlet for their mathematical thoughts, findings and curiosities. It is a wonderful blog with some fantastic content, but be warned: once you start reading it you may find you lose a whole day! Recently, as an accompaniment (or perhaps an antidote, depending upon your perspective) to the World Cup Finals currently being held in Russia, the blog has launched a series entitled ‘The Big Internet Math-Off’, a knock-out tournament pitting mathematicians against one another to present what they consider an interesting piece of mathematics. Each round is judged via a public poll and the overall victor in the tournament will be crowned ‘The World’s Most Interesting Mathematician’ or, as Christian diplomatically states on the post: ‘The World’s Most Interesting Mathematician of the 16 people who I contacted, who were available in July, and wanted to take part.’

The tournament itself has already kicked off with some delicious entries such as infinite cake, why your friends have more friends than you do and mathematical origami. The tournament promises to be very fun and interesting, and I am certainly looking forward to seeing what each competitor brings to the fore! Aside from learning some new mathematics (there are sure to be some excellent ideas and resources for you UoB Mathematics students who are thinking about becoming teachers!), it will introduce you to some great mathematics communicators, artists, writers and educators. The tournament lists each competitor and, as well as looking at the individual work of each of the bloggers at The Aperiodical, I urge you to check out the competitor’s own work too: it’s inspiring (and perhaps a little intimidating!) how much great work is being done to further people’s interest and love of mathematics!

Keep up-to-date with posts on The Aperiodical by following them on Twitter, where you will also find links to the Twitter accounts of each individual blogger.


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