MathSciNet at the MCA in Montreal

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I just came back from the Mathematical Congress of the Americas in Montreal.   It was an intense week of mathematics.  Besides having excellent invited and plenary lectures, there were 70 special sessions!  There were five plenary lectures:  Manuel del Pino (Universidad de Chile); Shafrira Goldwasser (MIT); Peter Ozsvath (Princeton University); Yuval Peres (Microsoft Research); and Kannan Soundararajan (Stanford University).  Erik Demaine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Étienne Ghys (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon) gave well-received public lectures.  The list of invited speakers is here.  

Demaine advocated for collaboration, pointing out that he had written papers with 429 different people.    Not all of those papers are mathematical, but here is the list of his 299 co-authors in MathSciNet.   In case you are wondering, MathSciNet’s collaboration distance between the two public lecturers is 4:

Erik D. Demaine coauthored with Noga Alon MR3040956
Noga Alon coauthored with Alexander Lubotzky MR1948752
Alexander Lubotzky coauthored with Rostislav I. Grigorchuk MR2367034
Rostislav I. Grigorchuk coauthored with Étienne Ghys MR3267516

One slide from Jeremy Kahn‘s invited lecture neatly sums up the Virtual Haken Conjecture:

Virtual Haken Man - drawing

I witnessed a new use of MathSciNet at the MCA.  While sitting in one of the invited lectures, a person in front of me was researching the speaker on MathSciNet:
Using MathSciNet during an invited lecture at MCA 2017

The MCA prize winners were:

The winner of the MathSciNet drawing was Matias Moya Giusti, from Villa Maria, Cordoba, Argentina, who was also the recipient of a travel grant from the AMS.

The AMS exhibit saw a lot of traffic, especially in the mornings.  Many people stopped to look at the AMS books, find out about membership, or finish up some details with their travel grants.  I talked with lots of people about MathSciNet.  It was nice to see how many attendees not only used MathSciNet, but were also reviewers.   One day at lunch, I happened to sit next to Hsian-Hua Tseng, who has written over 300 reviews!

The next MCA will be in Buenos Aires in 2021.  I hope to see you there!

About Edward Dunne

I am the Executive Editor of Mathematical Reviews. Previously, I was an editor for the AMS Book Program for 17 years. Before working for the AMS, I had an academic career working at Rice University, Oxford University, and Oklahoma State University. In 1990-91, I worked for Springer-Verlag in Heidelberg. My Ph.D. is from Harvard. I received a world-class liberal arts education as an undergraduate at Santa Clara University.
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