Alon Levy is organizing a Carnival of Mathematics.

I’ve run across these on biology weblogs, but I have to admit I’m not 100% sure how weblog carnivals work. I know that this makes me sound like an old fogey who doesn’t know how to work his VCR and bitches about kids these days, but as far as I know I may already *be* an old fogey who doesn’t know how to work his VCR and bitches about kids these days. In my day, we had to do integrals in our head while walking to school in five feet of snow. Not only was it uphill both ways, but we weren’t allowed to use elementary functions, only power series. And not power series the way you use them today, where you can just use the first few coefficients, or a closed-form formula. No, we had to write out the whole power series, term by term. Back then, we were tough.

Is there actually a difference between using transcendental functions and power series?

Sorry, I meant “elementary function”. Fixed.

The idea is this: you post something about the carnival’s subject. Then you email the carnival host with a link to your post. Then the carnival host collects all submissions and puts them in one big link page. If you want to be a host, you email the carnival administrator. In this case, I’m the administrator and the host of the first edition, to be held on 2/9. The second edition, 2/23, is still open; the third will be hosted by Mikael.