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I am in Oxford for the birthday conference for Dan Segal and Aner Shalev. I will write something about that when time permits. This is just to report a discovery. There is now an official “Oxford Mathematical Alphabet”. I have … Continue reading
The letter q has three, or maybe four, standard uses in mathematics. It stands for “quantum”, and it is fashionable now to produce quantum versions of everything from chromatic number of a graph to the symmetric group. Related to this, … Continue reading
Derek Robertson is an artist based in Balmerino in Fife, site of a ruined abbey and subject of a poem by William McGonagall. His studio is right on the Fife Coastal Path. His main interest is wildlife, and in my … Continue reading
I was delighted to see, among the list of prizewinners at the ICM, that Ali Nesin has been awarded the Leelavati Prize (for outstanding contributions to public outreach in mathematics by an individual). The citation says the prize is awarded … Continue reading
HEFCE is dead, long live Research England(?) This new body is responsible for the REF. Their website makes the following statement about open access: Open access is central to UK Research and Innovation’s ambitions for research and innovation in the … Continue reading
XKCD’s Friday comic concerned the On-line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Take a look!
We are looking for a postdoctoral research assistant on the project “Bi-synchronizing automata, outer automorphism groups of Higman–Thompson groups, and automorphisms of the shift”. The Principal Investigator is Collin Bleak; I am the co-I. The project involves an interesting mix … Continue reading