John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy – Book Review

Photo courtesy of the Princeton University Press

Photo courtesy of the Princeton University Press

Logarithms – this mathematical staple is celebrating its 400th birthday this year. But how much do you know about the development of logarithms or the man behind them? Edinburgh born John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, is in danger of fading into the shadows of the scientific landscape. In the new book John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy, Julian Havil does a marvelous job of bringing Napier back into the spotlight.

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NSF Grant Opportunity for Veterans

The NSF recently announced a new opportunity for student veterans in the mathematical and physical sciences. Because there’s not much information out there besides their announcement, I will simply include a quote. (Assuming you’re a veteran, you won’t mind all of the acronyms.)

The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is now accepting supplemental requests to support one (additional) Ph.D. student per award, as long as the graduate student is a United States Veteran. The proposed MPS-GRSVs will afford Veterans an opportunity to conduct research towards a doctoral degree with an NSF MPS Directorate active grantee.

There’s no dollar amount mentioned, but this one year award can be extended up to three years. Here’s to hoping your advisor has an NSF grant!

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Want to be an Editor?

AMSBlogAre you interested in writing for the AMS Graduate Student Blog? With winter break around the corner, it is the perfect time to draft an article you think would be interesting and submit it to the grad blog. You can take a look at previous posts on the webpage to get some ideas for topics.

We generally ask that editors post at least one time each month. However, if you don’t want to commit to writing something each month, you can still be a contributor to the blog.


You can email your posts or any questions you have to

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Crossword Puzzle #25


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TeX Writer

2014-11-01 10.44.27I like to use my iPad for a lot of tasks. I’ve written about taking notes on the iPad using Penultimate and the Jot Script. I found an app called TeX Writer. It is an app available for iOS, Android, and there is a new web version.

I really like that it allows me to compile documents on the go whether I am connected to the internet or not. It also connects with Dropbox, so I can include all of my packages in a Dropbox folder and it will allow me to edit TeX documents I have saved in Dropbox. One issue I am having is I have not figure out how to select text in it yet (I think this might just be a glitch with iOS 8, though).

What TeX editors do you use on your iPad or other tablet? What do you like about them? What do you dislike about them?

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