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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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