Matters Mathematical rss

This page links to the Idle Ethnographer’s other research blog. It is about the sociology of mathematics. More precisely, it is about mathematical labour, the learning and teaching of mathematics, the jobs, careers and lives of mathematicians and computer scientists, sociology of science and sociology of work and employment. And the occasional fascinating fact about mathematics and computers. Oh, and of course, obscure mathematical jokes. Odd mixture? Read below to find out more.


This new way of finding articles is cool. Three people sent me this link in the last few days (two mathematicians and one social scientist). It’s not new, but it is the first sign of organisation spreading beyond social scientists’… Read More ›

Bullshit jobs

Today I came across another good article by David Graeber about why there are so many really bad jobs around: On the phenomenon of bullshit jobs. “In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have… Read More ›