Yoshimura Crush Patterns

Ceramic mugs in the shape of a Yoshimura crease patternOne of the signature moves of the John Belushi character in the movie Animal House is Belushi crushing an aluminum can against his forehead.  The shape of the crushed can presents an interesting problem in material science, which has a nice mathematical component. For perfectly symmetrically crushed cans, the shapes are known as Yoshimura Crush PatternsContinue reading

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Cicadas in MathSciNet

Photo of a Brood X cicada

Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The cicadas of Brood X have emerged throughout much of the eastern United States.  In certain areas of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Mathematical Reviews is  physically located, they have become quite loud.   They belong to the genus Magicicada of periodical cicadas that emerge either in 13-year cycles or in 17-year cycles.  The cycle lengths are prime numbers, which makes mathematicians wonder why.

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Geography and MathSciNet / Mathematical Reviews

Masthead / logo of the Notices of the AMS

My latest column of Math Reviews News is in the April issue of the Notices of the AMS. Using information we have in the database, I look at various geographical considerations connected to MathSciNet or to mathematics publishing more generally: reviewers by country; publications by country; journals by country.  Please have a look: Geography and MathSciNet / Mathematical Reviews, Math Reviews News, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, April 2021.



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MathSciNet at 25 – A Special Collection

MathSciNet® was launched 25 years ago, and soon became recognized as the best way to use the trusted, comprehensive resource for mathematics researchers that started over 80 years ago as Mathematical Reviews.  To celebrate, we are creating a special collection of exceptional reviews: MathSciNet at 25. The first group of 25 selected reviews is given below.  Throughout 2021, we will be adding to the collection.

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New members of the US National Academy of Sciences in MathSciNet

National Academy of Sciences logo
The United States National Academy of Sciences has announced the newest group of members.  Of the 120 newly-elected members, 59 of them are women, the most elected in a single year.  In this post, I’ve gathered the new members whom I could find in MathSciNet, and added links to their author profiles. Continue reading

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MathSciNet, Uzbekistan, and the MDC Program

MathSciNet Logo Flag of Uzbekistan

There is a nice news item on the AMS website about MathSciNet, Uzbekistan, and the MathSciNet for Developing Countries Program, also known as the MDC Program.  In very specific terms, the piece tells how the program has helped the mathematicians in Uzbekistan to have access to MathSciNet, even when it seemed out of reach.  Continue reading

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Job Posting – Associate Editor at Mathematical Reviews

Work at Math ReviewsWe are hiring!   We are looking for a new Associate Editor to start as soon as possible in 2021   The job is posted on MathJobs.org (of course!).

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A Librarian’s Guide to MathSciNet. A Choice Webinar

Logo for ChoiceThe AMS and EBSCO Information Services  are sponsoring a webinar about MathSciNet for librarians.  It is part of the Choice Webinar Series from the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.
Date and Time:  Tuesday, March 23 at 2:00pm (EDT).

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Videos of JMM 2021 MathSciNet demos

video symbol We have uploaded video recordings of MathSciNet demos done at the virtual JMM 2021.

Check them out on YouTube!

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Math in the time of coronavirus

While many businesses have seen significant downturns during the pandemic, several scholarly publishers have reported increases in submissions in the first part of 2020. There are various studies and articles about the phenomenon.  Meanwhile, at Mathematical Reviews, we have not noticed any significant increase in the number of publications in mathematics during 2020.  Note that we count publications and the announcements and studies just mentioned are counting submissions.  In what follows, I look at some data about publications in mathematics in 2020, with comparisons to 2019.  the data come from four sources: Dimensions, Web of Science, the Mathematical Reviews Database, and the arXiv.

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