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How to make awesome comics

WordPress claim the right to put advertisements on my blog, because I am too mean to pay them not to. But I think I have the right to put advertisements up myself. Neill’s second book, How to make awesome comics, … Continue reading

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War

In 2008, I made a lecture tour of New Zealand, as the London Mathematical Society’s Forder lecturer. (You can read my diary here.) In Auckland, Gary Tee gave me a copy of the book A Spectrum of Mathematics: Essays presented … Continue reading

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Computers

Love them or hate them, most of us do both. Yesterday, in this short period of calm between academic trips, I decided to upgrade my laptop from Ubuntu 12.04LTS (“Precise Pangolin”) to Ubuntu 14.04LTS (“Trusty Tahr”). The LTS stands for … Continue reading

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Quieter times

Things have been a little quieter for the last couple of weeks. Tomorrow, off to Portugal for a week and a half, then the Czech Republic for a week, then a couple of weeks to catch my breath before New … Continue reading

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Metrics

HEFCE had a consultation on metrics. I found out about it too late to send in a submission. But you may want to read what two people whose opinions I respect, David Colquhoun and David Spiegelhalter, have to say.

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A five-finger exercise

This morning at the Godsil 65 conference, Cheryl Praeger was wearing a T-shirt she was a bit ashamed of. It had been produced by the Australian Mathematics Trust to commemorate Niels Abel’s anniversary, and featured a quintic equation (he was … Continue reading

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Almost highly transitive

I want to discuss a concept I have known about for quite a long time, but never found any real use for. Suggestions welcome! Highly transitive groups A permutation group is n-transitive if it has a single orbit on the … Continue reading

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Advanced combinatorics

Dear Michael, Amy, Wilf, Caitlin, Christian, Robert, Edward and Michael, Thank you for the card and the very pleasant surprise I found when I got back to London from Hay-on-Wye! I should thank you individually, but I am off to … Continue reading

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The economic crisis

After all these years, I am still curious about what caused the financial crisis that enveloped the world seven years ago. Procol Harum were in no doubt. Their 2003 album The Well’s On Fire, several years before the crunch, included … Continue reading

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Busy times, 1

No time to do much more than a brief running commentary of what I am doing, just for my own sanity. Pardon the self-indulgence! The Mathematical Structures exam was on Wednesday afternoon. It was in a new venue to me, … Continue reading

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