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London Mathematical Society Newsletter

The first issue of the revamped LMS newsletter, edited by Iain Moffatt, reached me a little while ago. The first obvious difference is that it has gone from A5 to A4 format, the same as the newsletters of the European … Continue reading

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Initial decisions on REF2021

This document has just been released by HEFCE. If you haven’t read it, here are a few small things from my perusal of it. Collaborative research Item 18 of the document states: There was broad support in the consultation for … Continue reading

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Thanks to South West Trains

South-West Trains has rebranded itself as “The South-West Railway”, at least in its station announcements. Usually I only mention train companies to grumble about them; I think this is true for others too. But a pleasant change: yesterday this train … Continue reading

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Wiles and Langlands

One of the best things that pops regularly into my pigeonhole is the European Mathematical Society Newsletter. The current issue, number 104, is particularly rich in interesting articles. For example, there is the transcript of a talk by Christian Krattenthaler … Continue reading

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Mike O’Nan

I just heard the news that Mike O’Nan died on Monday. I never knew him well, but I know for sure that his name will not be forgotten: a sporadic simple group, a theorem about maximal subgroups of symmetric groups … Continue reading

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Devon holiday

Last week we were on holiday, with Liz in Yealmpton (a village with a remarkable sequence of consonants in its name) on the river Yealm in west Devon. Liz had organised a remarkable holiday for us in this attractive part … Continue reading

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A prize

Time for a little blast on my own trumpet. At the meeting of the London Mathematical Society today, it was announced that I am the winner of the Senior Whitehead Prize this year. The rules for the prize state, in … Continue reading

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