Hi, there — I’m Jeff Jefferies
I started writing on TheMathBlog.com in July, 2021. I’m working on a book based on what I’ve learned about math, but I don’t have a title for it yet. I’ll announce it here when it’s published. I’m also planning to launch a weekly math newsletter. When I do, you’ll be able to sign up right here on the site.
I don’t do Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
What The Math Blog Offers You, the Reader
I’m a fan of practical content on the internet. My goal writing about math is to improve my life and yours.
In other words, I want to offer math content that you can use in your everyday life.
My plan is to focus on math topics like:
- How to get good at math
- How to use math to make better life decisions
- How to become more productive using mathematical concepts
- How math affects everything in the world
- How to learn math without being overwhelmed
- How I put mathematical ideas to work in my own life
I’m not an original thinker. Most mathematical ideas have been covered thoroughly by smarter writers than I. I do, though, have a knack for explaining complicated subjects in simple terms that most people can understand. And I don’t mind spending hours and days reading about subjects that interest me. My goal is to find mathematical ideas to explain clearly and put into action.
As time passes, humanity’s knowledge about everything — including math — grows. You can benefit from old thinking and new thinking alike. One of my goals with this blog is to participate in this conversation and leave something useful for my kids and yours, too.
I make no claims as to my expertise in math. You might find errors in my posts here. I just want to share what I’m learning, so please correct me where I’ve made mistakes. I want to improve my way of thinking about life using math as a lens, and I need your help.
Start by reading my blog posts. Then leave me comments.
Here are some interesting facts about me:
I’m writing a book
- I don’t have a title for it yet.
- It’s going to be about applying math to your everyday life.
- I’ll probably go the self-publishing route because of a book I read by John T. Reed.
I’m also writing a blog
- This is the blog you’re reading.
- I plan to publish 2 posts a week and 100 posts a year.
- I’m also planning a weekly newsletter to accompany the blog.
I’ve written for a lot of other blogs and websites
- This is the first time I’ve ventured into publishing my own blog.
- I’ve written as a freelancer for a variety of blogs in multiple topic areas.
- If you’re interested in hiring me to write for your site, please get in touch.
I’m not just a math guy
- I read an average of 50 books a year on a wide variety of topics.
- Most of what I read is literary fiction.
- I also love fantasy, horror, and science fiction.
- I prefer dead-tree books and magazines.
- I used to write short stories, but they weren’t very good.
I care about the following issues
- Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. We ignore it at our peril.
- Healthcare ought to be a right, not a privilege for the wealthy.
- Employers should pay a reasonable minimum wage.
- Democracy only survives when voters are well-educated.
Other Stuff I’m Interested In
I’m fascinated by all the following subjects, but you probably won’t see me write anything about any of these subjects here:
I took art classes in high school, and I still have three of the paintings I did. One of them even won fourth place in a regional art show. I don’t paint anymore, though.
I love to cook, but I don’t like writing about it. I do enjoy taking pictures of what I’ve cooked, though. Ina Garten suggests that following a recipe closely is one of the keys to cooking success, and Alton Brown likes to discuss the science behind his cooking. I just like to eat food that tastes good. And I like impressing the occasional woman with my abilities in the kitchen.
I took creative writing classes in college. I only have one of the short stories I wrote; the rest have been lost to history and the occasional abandoned storage facility. I don’t write fiction anymore, although I always think I should write a novel. Nanowrimo flies by every year without me writing more than a few pages before giving up on it.