Things have changed

We have given MathSciNet some upgrades.

As of January 3rd, 2017, MathSciNet will be running on new software, which has allowed us to add some great new features, with more to come in February 2017.  This post provides some highlights of how MathSciNet is bigger, better, faster, more.

And please visit the AMS Booth at the JMM in Atlanta to see demonstrations of the new features of MathSciNet, as well as to meet some of the Editors from Mathematical Reviews.  There will be free access to MathSciNet at JMM!

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AMS Prizes and Awards – 2017

The AMS is announcing the winners of some of the major prizes that they will award at the upcoming Joint Mathematical Meetings in Atlanta (January 4-7, 2017).  The Joint Prize Session, where prizes from the various participating societies will be presented, takes place on Thursday, January 5 4:25 p.m.-5:25 p.m. in the Atrium Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis. Continue reading

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Twenty thousand reviewers!

screen-shot-thank-youAs of November 12, Mathematical Reviews has over 20,000 active reviewers!  The input of researchers from around the world helps to make MathSciNet such a valuable tool.  We are truly grateful for your efforts.  Thank you! Continue reading

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Links with the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive

One of the great – and oldest – resources for mathematics on the web is the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive.  Before there was Wikipedia, there was MacTutor.  It was founded by two mathematicians, John J. O’Connor and Edmund F. Robertson, both of whom are at the University of St. Andrews.   You can read the MacTutor origin story here.  I have been a fan of the archive for almost twenty years.  So I am especially happy that there is now linking between the MacTutor archive and MathSciNet.   Continue reading

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French Doctoral Theses from the Entre-deux-guerres Period

MathSciNet now has bibliographic information (metadata) for 263 French doctoral theses from the “Between Two Wars Period”: 1913-1947, courtesy of NUMDAM.  The data includes links to the full texts of these theses.  Some notable mathematicians are included in the collection.  Continue reading

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MathSciNet Demos at AMS Sectional Meetings

Editors from Mathematical Reviews will be at two upcoming AMS Sectional Meetings to give demos of MathSciNet, as well as to answer questions. This is a great chance to learn more about using MathSciNet, about updating your author profile, about reviewing, or about Mathematical Reviews in general. Continue reading

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Metadata

MathSciNet is full of metadata.  We create our own metadata.  We receive metadata from many of the publishers of the journals we cover.  So what are metadata?  (Or what is metadata?)  The simplest explanation of metadata is that they are a type of data that describes other data.  The classical example is the metadata found in card catalogs from libraries.

A card from a card catalog, with annottions

 

Lots of information is on the card.  Note that before the annotation, nothing is labeled. There are accepted rules that tell a librarian (or a patron) what each piece of data is.  For most pieces of this data, a non-librarian would be likely to figure out what everything meant. Continue reading

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An exceptional review about inner model theory

Today I’m making two blog posts about exceptional reviews: one review of a book and one of a paper.  This post is about Grigor Sargsyan‘s exceptional review of a paper:  John Steel‘s chapter, An outline of inner model theory, in the Handbook of Set Theory edited by Matthew Foreman and Akihiro Kanamori [MR2768678].  The other post is about Harald Helfgott‘s review of Terry Tao‘s book Expansion in finite simple groups of Lie typeContinue reading

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An exceptional review about expansion in groups

Today I’m making two blog posts about exceptional reviews: one review of a book and one of a paper. This post is about Harald Helfgott‘s review of Terry Tao‘s book, Expansion in finite simple groups of Lie type, published by the AMS. The other post is about Grigor Sargsyan‘s exceptional review of a paper:  John Steel‘s chapter, An outline of inner model theory, in the Handbook of Set Theory edited by Matthew Foreman and Akihiro Kanamori [MR2768678]. Continue reading

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Jonathan Borwein

Jonathan Borwein passed away on August 1st.  He was a prolific mathematician, with 427 publications as of this writing.  He was also quite broad, publishing in number theory, operations research, calculus of variations, and many other subjects.  Many people knew him for his book with his brother PeterPi and the AGM.  His most cited work in MathSciNet is his paper “On projection algorithms for solving convex feasibility problems” with Heinz Bauschke (the review is reproduced below).  Borwein was also known for promoting experimental mathematics, and was the founding director of the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics at Simon Fraser University.  But many people knew Borwein’s mathematics directly as a mentor or as a collaborator.  He had many graduate students and 163 collaborators on published papers.   Continue reading

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