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Portugal is one of my favourite countries in the world. In large part this is due to my colleague and friend João Araújo, who arranged for me to visit Portugal for the first time in 2008, and on all of … Continue reading
The world has been a bit crazy for several years. Let us hope for better times. I hope to have more mathematics to tell you about soon.
I have just learned that I am losing my personal webpages at St Andrews, http://www-groups.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~pjc/ I know people have found some of this material useful. I will try to make it available in some other form, though this may have … Continue reading
Amid the gloom, we went for a short walk in Dura Den, one of the most scenic parts of Fife. At the end of the den is the village of Pitscottie, with the White Chimneys café. To our pleasure and … Continue reading
I learned only yesterday that John McKay died a month ago. John McKay made the kind of contribution to the subject that most mathematicians can only dream of, in part because of his wide-ranging interests and keen observation. He was … Continue reading
Today, XKCD, with tongue in cheek, is saying that “The Taylor series should have been canceled after the first term”. After a flying visit to London (more about that shortly), I am reminded again that at least the second term … Continue reading
Thanks to Mike for the chocolates. How much of this scene will be left when Putin is finished with it?
Nearly ten years ago I retired from my position at Queen Mary University of London. Someone told me then, “You don’t get retirement right first time, you have to keep practising.” Only too true. The University of St Andrews offered … Continue reading
It is extremely easy to email the International Mathematical Union and lend your voice to calls to cancel this year’s International Congress of Mathematicians. It doesn’t even take any moral courage. Deciding whether to take part in on-line conferences in … Continue reading