I am getting ready for the 2020 Mathematics A-to-Z


At last I buckled down and took care of a nagging small task that, somehow, I kept putting off dedicating the time to doing. And that’s why my e-mail has gone from 300 things to a scant … wait, 26? That can’t be right. I must have deleted something I shouldn’t have.

But. The other thing I did was finally tag the first couple rounds of my Mathematics A-to-Z glossaries correctly. Now, so far as I am aware, every one of the essays I’ve written in the past six rounds appears on this roster of essays. There’s 181 posts listed there. But about two dozen of them are solicitations for essay topics or index pages or similar things, important but not explaining any particular mathematical topic.

That I have taken care of this hints at my next announcement. I am planning to start the 2020 A-to-Z. My plan is to start soliciting topics soon, and to begin publishing essays sometime in June.

I am going to do things a little different from previous years, though. The main thing is publishing schedule. I plan to publish just one essay per week.

In past years I’ve done two or three essays per week, and that is exciting to do. It’s also a lot of work and, I have to tell you, I’m not up for that much labor. A major part of my coping mechanism for the pandemic has been creative outlets. That, and building my daily walk up to where I should soon be able to hike to Ontario and back in an afternoon.

Still. I grant don’t know just what my limits are. But I feel certain doing more than glossary-type essay per week is beyond my limits. As it is I’m thinking of how I might adapt my self-imposed workload so that it stays a constructive force.

The most important things should be unchanged, though. I’ll ask for mathematical topics to write about, for each letter, and write about the ones that I think I can be interesting about. This might be my own choice if I feel I’m too ignorant of the suggested topics to do any of them competently. I’ll post the essays previously done for various letters, but am open to revisiting a topic, if I feel I can do a much better job given a second try.

Should be exciting, anyway, however it all turns out.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

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