25 best math blogs for college students

The following math blogs can be useful for students in Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, Tennessee, Vermont, Rhode Island, Utah or anywhere.

1. Math-Blog

This resource-rich blog includes posts about applied math, essential math, math education, math news, and more. There are links and resources for software, readings, tutorials, and math Web sites. You’ll find reviews, commentary, discussion and more in the posts from a community of guest writers.

2. The Unapologetic Mathematician

This blog features “mathematics for the interested outsider.” But don’t expect a simplified approach; although the blog aims its content at a “generally interested lay audience,” complex equations and mathematical problems are discussed in detail. In addition, there are posts that share the author’s observations and personal experiences in the field. This is a great blog that can be a rich resource for upper-level students.

3. Gower’s Weblog

British mathematician Timothy Gowers writes this blog, which hosts in-depth discussions about mathematical problems, as well as discussions about industry news and trends. Gowers is also the winner of a Fields medal and the author of Mathematics: a Very Short Introduction. His blog also features resources and useful links.

4. The n-Category Cafe

Math shares space with physics and philosophy on this group blog, which features discussions about news and developments in the field, as well as in-depth analysis and discussion about complex math problems. The blog balances a collegial tone with posts that are both informative and useful for professional development.

5. Not Even Wrong

This blog is written by the author of the book of the same name. Posts take on string theory and other topics of interest to math and physics.

6. (x, why?)

Cartoons and other images help bring math to life in this blog, which offers a (likely much-needed) break from all of the number crunching that college students and other mathematicians face. Get an infusion of humor and remember why you love it.

7. Secret Blogging Seminar

This group blog is written by eight Ph.D. students from the University of California at Berkeley. Posts cover representation theory, algebraic geometry, knot theory, and other topics of interest. Blog authors also discuss their own research and other developments in the field.

8. 360

This unofficial blog from the Nazareth College math department discusses interesting facts, news and other developments in math and academia. Guest posts are welcomed, and professors and academics from several colleges contribute.

9. Mathematics Under the Microscope

Mathematical concepts are discussed regularly, along with issues concerning education and teaching. Some top posts include The Nature of Contemporary Core Mathematics, How to Encourage TeX as a Homework Medium, and Donald Knuth Calculus via O Notation.

10. A Neighborhood of Infinity

Mathematical equations and problems are explored in great detail on this blog. The problem and possible solutions are discussed, and are accompanied by useful images. This is a great blog for students, or even for teachers looking for classroom material.

11. Tanya Khovanova’s Math Blog

This blog is about “mathematics, applications of mathematics to life in general, and my life as a mathematician.” Some notable recent posts include The Weights Puzzle, Math Careers and Choices, and Divisibility by 7 is a Walk on a Graph II.

12. Annoying Precision

This blog is written by Qiaochu Yuan, a sophomore MIT studying mathematics. The blog is Yuan’s space to “try to understand things by explaining them or, failing that, explaining what I don’t understand about them.” College students will certainly find discussions here appropriate to their level of study, and may even find some commiseration in a fellow student.

13. Rigorous Trivialities

This blog has evolved several times, but has finally settled as a group blog that focuses on algebraic geometry. Recent posts have discussed the ICTP conference, experiences with teaching, and mathematical problems.

14. Stacks Project Blog

Algebraic stacks and pure algebraic geometry are the focus of this blog. The stacks project is “an open source text book on algebraic stacks and the algebraic geometry that is needed to define them.” the text can be found online, and content can be freely downloaded.

15. The Geomblog

Computational geometry, algorithms and theoretical computer science are the focus of this blog, which also shares the author’s personal observations and experiences. There are also discussions about the latest news and industry events.

16. Division by Zero

This resource-rich blog focuses on math, puzzles, teaching and academic technology. The author is Dave Richeson, an associate professor of mathematics, chair of the department of mathematics and computer science at Dickinson College, and author of the book Euler’s Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology.

17. Math Notations

Extensive posts cover match problems and classroom challenges (including a problem of the day), test practice, math education, developing conceptual understanding, assessment and pedagogy. The focus is on high school grades, but this blog would be great for college students who are interested in going on to teach math.

18. Pat’s Blog

Anyone interested in math will find something here: from math problems to news and other topics of interest to the industry. There are also posts with thoughtful observations, commentary, and discussion. Some notable recent posts include Crisis in the Teaching of Elementary Mathematics, Early Combinations and an Interesting Calculation Tool, and Can Statistics Really be 120 Years Ahead of Science?

19. What’s New

Terence Tao offers discussion here about his latest research and publications, as well as open problems and other topics of interest. The posts are aimed at those who have a graduate background in math, so there is plenty here to challenge both undergraduate and graduate students.


23. Disquisitiones Mathematicae

There are thorough explanations and discussions of mathematical problems and theorums on this blog, including helpful charts and images. This is a useful blog for college students or professionals.

24. Math for Love

A mathematician writes this blog, which is “about math, creativity, culture, education, and beauty. It’s for everyone.” Videos, charts, puzzles, images, and connections to popular culture help make math relevant and interesting to a lay audience.

25. Hydrobates

A mathematician living in Germany writes this blog, which offers in-depth discussion of mathematical theorums and research. Many posts also discuss how this work intersects with science and biology.

Posted on 09/05/10 | by Staff Writers | in Education | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “25 best math blogs for college students”

  1. Dave Marain Says:

    Thank you for recognizing MathNotations. It is an honor to be in the company of such an outstanding group/ring/field of mathematicians.
    Dave Marain

  2. RJ Toftness Says:

    I’ve written 2 books on math. Unlock the Mystery to Math and
    Fractions: Part I.
    I write math tips each month. Here’s the most recent math tip.

    Simplicity has escaped math books to the point that many our children/students are struggling with the subject. In this tip a practical step by step approach is laid out for every student to use. (And adults too)

    Math tip #15 New Vistas into Math

    Math has 4 main branches.
    1) Arithmetic —covered in preschool through 6th grade.
    2) Algebra—covered in 7th -10th grade.
    3) Geometry–covered in 10 -11th grade.
    4) Calculus –covered in 12th grade.

    The above is the route math is studied in our public/private schools. (Note: I did a survey of 279 public students. One question was asked and it was shown on a clip board: “Did you ever see or hear of the word Arithmetic?” 92% of the students had never seen nor heard of the word, arithmetic.

    Arithmetic has 10 parts. With this chart we can find the weak and strong areas of the student/child. Have them mark down a Grade (A, B, C, D or F) for each one of the 10 parts below.

    1) Counting _________
    2) Adding _________
    3) Subtracting________
    4) Multiplying________
    5) Dividing__________
    6) Fractions_________
    7) Decimals_________
    8) Percentages______
    9) Measuring________
    10) Problem Solving_______

    (Note: Unfortunately, I have never found any math books giving a student a map through this very large subject called math. How can a captain of a ship navigate without maps? The above is the route for math.)

    Now that the student has graded him/herself. An honest approach can be taken to handle the part with the lowest grade. If a child marks C or below then action needs to be taken on that particular part of Arithmetic.

    In all the years I have tutored, taught math, the part that gets the most (lowest grade) is fractions. Each of the 10 above are vital for students to get down because they are used throughout Algebra, Geometry and Calculus. No wonder students hate algebra–they never got the 10 parts of arithmetic down cold.

    I hope this opens up new vistas for you and your children/students.

    Who is RJ Toftness? Author of “Unlock the Mystery to Math” http://www.math-unlock.com
    and tutors plus gives math workshops in Southern California.
    His next book, “Unlock the Mystery to Fractions” will be released next month.

    Copyright 2011 RJ Toftness
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