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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Blogging matters

Does anyone know how to provide a Blogger blog with a more sensible way of recording recent comments than the one they've provided? Even a recent comment to a previous post might not show up. E.g., John Baez recently commented here on what he meant by "very few of our most successful theories of physics have been given a fully rigorous foundation... not even Newtonian gravity for point particles!"

Elsewhere, it's interesting to see other blogging philosophers of mathematics heading in a "real mathematics" direction. Over on Antimeta, Kenny Easwaran claims "Although we often think that theorems are the main product of mathematics, it seems that a lot of the time just identifying the "right" structures to be talking about is really the goal."


Anonymous said...

David --

I don't know how to do this, but here is a blog which I think has the feature you are requesting (see right-hand column):

The blogger, economist John Quiggin, is usually amenable to questions such as this.

February 02, 2006 4:01 PM  
david said...

I think this is because he's using WordPress rather than Blogger. Cosmic Variance have just what I want, but that's powered by WordPress too. Maybe I should change. There seems to be something wrong with the atom feed too.

February 02, 2006 4:39 PM  
urs said...


I would be delighted if you changed to Word Press or Movable Type or some similar decent blogging sofware. It's so much easier to follow discussions for these environments, than it is for blogger blogs. It's also the general "look and feel" which is much better.

February 02, 2006 8:20 PM  
Kenny said...

If you want to switch over, I believe it's not too hard to export the old entries from one blog into a format that's readily importable in another. I've been using MovableType, and that software makes it fairly easy to do that. I'm not sure exactly what features it is that you want, but the thing that bothers me when I read Blogspot blogs is that every entry only has links to earlier entries, and not to the newer one - not that that's a serious issue.

And my interest in philosophy of "real mathematics" has been at least in part pushed by the introduction to your book, which I read a while ago, even though I haven't read the rest yet. Together with the fact that a large number of my friends are mathematicians, that's kept me trying to remain aware of both philosophical and mathematical considerations.

February 04, 2006 8:50 PM  

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