Mathematical Instruments: The Endeavour

October 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mathematical Instruments.

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This post is part of the series Mathematical Instruments in which we introduce you to some of the math bloggers listed on our site. Today:

John D. Cook — The Endeavour

Any places like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc. we can find you on?

I have a personal Twitter account, @JohnDCook, and I have a dozen Twitter accounts where I schedule daily tips on various topics, mostly related to math and computing. There’s a list here:

I’m also on Google+.

Would you tell us a little bit more about yourself? E.g., Where are you coming from (both geographically and philosophically)? What is your background? Any scientific education?

I live in Houston, Texas. I did a PhD in math at University of Texas, then a postdoc at Vanderbilt. After that I left academia and worked as a software developer for a few years. Now I’m working in biostatistics at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

When and how did you first discover mathematical blogs?

It’s funny, but I don’t remember.

When did you start blogging?

January 2008.

What do you write about?

I write about math and computing the most, but I also write about other topics: creativity, books, coffee, anything I think other people might find interesting.

What wouldn’t have happened to you without the internet?

There are a lot of people I wouldn’t know, and a lot of ideas I would not have been exposed to. But I also might have had deeper friendships and been more focused. 🙂

What does the internet need more of?

People with patience and a sense of humor.

Your daily web reading (mathematical or otherwise):

I subscribe to a lot of blogs, but most of them don’t post very often, so the mix changes. I enjoy reading “What’s New” from Terry Tao when I can understand it. “God plays dice” and “Division by Zero” are a couple good math blogs. Ribbonfarm is thought-provoking. Twenty two words is a lot of fun.

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