Monthly Archives: May 2013

Academic spam

One feature of being a publishing academic for a few years is that your e-mail address ends up easily scrapable off of your published papers, making you a target for academic spam.  Much of this spam relates to new publishers … Continue reading

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Math in the public sphere

Wore my New York City Math Team 2007 t-shirt to the supermarket yesterday; the cashier was very impressed that I knew 32 × 32 immediately.  In a pleasant detour from how these conversations usually go, he remarked that he needs … Continue reading

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“My brain is open” by Bruce Schechter

My Brain Is Open is one of two biographies of Paul Erdős that I know of, the other being Hoffman’s The Man Who Loved Only Numbers. I mostly enjoyed this one; it conveyed a good sense of the subject’s eccentricities … Continue reading

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Ken Appel has died

The Times has a very nice obituary of Kenneth Appel, the main mastermind behind the proof of the four-color theorem, one of the crowning achievements of graph theory. He also sounds likfair pleasant, interesting man. The advent of computers has … Continue reading

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