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Category Archives: Publishing in Math
Musings on a Mathematician’s Duties
As I mentioned in my last post, I wish a genie would grant me thorough understanding of the proof Shinichi Mochizuki proposed for the abc conjecture. Much of this wish is motivated by a desire for the divisive debate to … Continue reading
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Tagged ABC conjecture, duties, ethics, IUT theory, mathematicians
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Blind Review Review
Theoretical computer scientists have been talking about double blind peer review, and it’s an interesting discussion. The current incarnation of this discussion started when Rasmus Pagh and Suresh Venkatasubramanian used a double blind refereeing process for submissions to the ALENEX18 … Continue reading
The arXiv, Curated
The arXiv: a mathematician’s favorite preprint server and semiproductive procrastination enabler. Don’t get a morning newspaper? You can enjoy your breakfast over the arXiv submissions for your favorite area of math. Stuck on that lemma? Might as well surf on … Continue reading
Some Stories of Journals Behaving Badly
Hoax papers have a long and timehonored history. Ten years ago a group of students from MIT wrote a program that randomly generated totally nonsensical computer science papers. One of their bogus papers was accepted by a conference and it … Continue reading
Happy Birthday, Dear arXiv
On August 14, the beloved preprint server arXiv.org turned 25. For many mathematicians, including me, it’s almost impossible to imagine doing or reading research without it or the over a million papers it lovingly collects and stores for us. Physicist … Continue reading
Meta Blogs on Math Blogs
Blogging about math blogs is an inherently meta activity, and today it’s going to get even more meta because I’m writing about the Carnival of Mathematics, which Anna and I will be hosting here on this very blog next month. The … Continue reading
That Time Terence Tao Won $500 From Paul Erdős
Suppose you have some arbitrary sequence of 1 and 1, something like this 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, …. And suppose you start plucking entries from fixed intervals and adding them together. For … Continue reading
A Cheap Alternative To Pricey Journals
I’ve written before about the Elsevier boycott and the current shift in community feelings about the traditional journal model. Namely, that it stinks. The traditional journal model, that is. This morning while perusing my Monday morning blogroll I found something … Continue reading
Caring For The Community
As academic mathematicians, we spend a great deal of our days performing deeds of service to the mathematical community. Editing papers, organizing workshops, contributing to opensource software initiatives. One could even argue that it is out of sheer benevolence to … Continue reading
Mathematician Presents Flawed Proof – in a work of fiction
Following Evelyn’s last post about the new Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, I will now discuss the opposite of wild mathematical success. Depending on how excited you are about public speaking, the moments before giving a talk at a math conference may be … Continue reading