## Mathematical Instruments: cp’s mathem-o-blog

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mathematical Instruments.

*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:*

### Christian Perfect: cp’s mathem-o-blog

*What’s your blog’s name? Any other places we can find you on (Twitter, Google+, Facebook etc)?*

My blog’s name is “cp’s mathem-o-blog” or checkmyworking.com. I thought the domain name was very clever when I bought it but it doesn’t really work as a name for a blog. I also edit The Aperiodical and I’m on Twitter as @christianp.

*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’m a postgrad mathematician from Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England. My research is in group theory and computability, but I don’t do very much of it. I have Asperger’s syndrome, which probably explains a lot of my way of thinking.

I currently work in Newcastle University’s school of maths and stats as “e-learning officer”, which means I do lots of things to do with putting maths on the web for students and academics.

*When and how did you first discover mathematical blogs?*

I think the first mathematical blog I encountered was www.mathpuzzle.com (does that count as a blog?), during my undergrad. I hadn’t seen any recreational mathematics at school and I found my degree quite boring, so it gave me a lot of ideas about what I want to do with maths.

*When did you start blogging?*

When I started my PhD, in 2010.

*Why did you start?*

To make myself write down notes about my research in an intelligible form. Hence the domain name.

*What do you write about?*

Most of my posts on checkmyworking.com are either about Newcastle MathsJam, which I organise, exposition of puzzles or trivia I’ve encountered, or programmery stuff about putting maths on the web.

On The Aperiodical I collect interesting maths esoterica, do occasional round-ups of maths links I find, collect art with maths in it, and I find myself writing up an increasing number of dreary news stories.

*What would have happened to you without the internet?*

I’d know a lot less and I’d have a lot fewer friends, I suppose.

*What does the internet need more of?*

I don’t know if the internet needs anything. The question is really about what I’d like the internet to have, right?

Actually, The Aperiodical is my statement about what I want the internet to have more of. I’m happy to watch the world go by, though. I will waive this opportunity to ask for anything.

*Mathematicians on the web have…*

…got to see the prime-number pooing bear – http://alpha61.com/primenumbershittingbear/

*Your daily web reading (mathematical or otherwise):*

Far too much to list usefully.

MetaFilter, Images des Mathématiques, NOTCOT.org, Google+ is great for watching real mathematicians talk, Slashdot (only the neckbeards are left! It’s tolerable now!) and lots and lots of Twitter. Turismo matemático is a lovely little blog that I think I might be the only person following.

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