Manjil P. Saikia,
Department of Mathematical Sciences,
Web 2.0 is more of an user advantage than
any technical marvel.
It’s a better web.
Its about interacting and collaborating via the
Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Gmail are all
examples of Web 2.0 sites.
Like every field of human endeavor, math has
also had its share of Web 2.0 glamour.
With the myriad of math blogs across the
web, the FB profile pages of mathematicians,
interactive blogs of mathematicians and what
Typical examples are mathlinks.ro,
mathoverflow.net, tricki.org etc.
I have been using various social networking
websites and interactive websites since I was
in High School (2005+).
Have met many like minded people
interested in math through Facebook,
Twitter, Orkut and Mathlinks.
It’s a useful means of learning while relaxing
at the same time.
Till now I have collaborated with 3 persons
(all from different countries) and each one in
a different career track, and all collaborative
works were through the web, interestingly all
were on different topics!
A brief description of that follows.
Jure is a final year undergrad student of
mathematics at the University of Ljubljana,
Slovenia. He was an IMO Bronze Medalist and
was the Deputy Leader of the Slovenian IMO
team in 2010.
We first had our interaction in late 2008 when
Jure replied to a question I had posted in the
popular math forum, Mathlinks.
We began working together in 2009 and by the
end of that year we had done some substantial
work to write out a paper.
After all the corrections and revisions, we first
presented our work at the “International
Congress of Mathematicians Satellite
International Conference” held in 2010.
The title of the paper was “A Few Results in the
Theory of Numbers”.
Following good reviews by some very
distinguished mathematicians there (including
Dr. Neeraj Kayal), we decided to send our work
as a series of papers to different journals.
That resulted in the following three papers by
“On a Simple Number Theoretic Result”,
Journal of the Assam Academy of Mathematics,
Vol3 (2010) pp 91-96.
“On a Periodic Sequence”, accepted in South
East Asian Journal of Mathematics and
“Binomial Symbols and Prime Moduli”,
accepted in the Journal of the Indian
Mohayeminul (Mohaimin) is a student in the
Institute of Information Technology, Dhaka
University, Bangladesh where he is doing his
Bachelors degree in Engineering.
Tim is a retired industrial consultant now
residing in Auckland, New Zealand. He holds
two bachelors degrees, one masters degree
and a Ph.D in mathematics.
The genesis of my work with Mohaimin and Tim is
Mohaimin out of fun posted a status on FB saying
something about a FB polygon.
I followed it up with a few variations of my own, and
posted a few problems related to it in a group of which I
am a member called “Ramanujan Gonit Songho”.
The responses to that problem suggested that it was more
complex than we had anticipated, and so we began
thinking about it deeply.
However, our limited mathematical as well as
programming skills meant that we had to seek help. We
approached Tim after we saw one of his comments.
This act followed up with some intense
discussions on FB and Gmail, and this
resulted in another paper by me:
“The Facebook Polygon Problem” accepted
in Applied Mathematical Sciences.
This work is however related to Algorithmic
Graph Theory and Probability Theory unlike the
other purely Number Theoretic work.
Recently I started with Pankaj Jyoti
Mahanta, an online magazine on
Mathematics in particular and Science and
Tech in general called, Gonit Sora
We plan to update the site from time to time
with articles (both English and Assamese).
The site used Wordpress!
The site is still in Beta stage.
Another project in the pipeline is FOSS North
East with Pranab.
We plan to launch it very soon.
This will be the first and only FOSS related
website totally dedicated to North East India.
There will be tutorials on FOSS, podcasta, a
LUG, help forums, and many more.
FB is good for work!
Math can be done on the web!
Web 2.0 is a cool way to collaborate!
FB and math are interconnected!