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I realised yesterday that, although I had moved the web pages of books I had written to my St Andrews website when I came here, I had neither updated them nor put links to them. I have done the easier … Continue reading

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Combinatorics at the EMS

Combinatorics is flourishing, at least in the lists of the European Mathematical Society publishing house. A few years ago, I mentioned the new journal Combinatorics, Physics and their Interactions, aka Annales de l’Institut Henri Poincaré D. Now they have announced … Continue reading

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An LTCC book

The Taught Course Centres for PhD students in the Mathematical Sciences were set up as the result of a recommendation of the last-but-one International Review of Mathematics. The review panel said that the highly specialised nature of British PhDs meant … Continue reading

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Last week I was at an EPSRC “Pure mathematics engagement workshop” discussing updating the research council’s landscapes. I felt it was a good and productive meeting. In the past, there have been tensions between researchers and funders, some of which … Continue reading

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Algebra comes home?

My book Introduction to Algebra has been translated into two languages from the birthplace of algebra. If it encourages a reawakening of algebra there, I shall be honoured and pleased. The first algebra book (treating solving of equations by an … Continue reading

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Pedro Nunes

Pedro Nunes was a Portuguese mathematician of the sixteenth century, perhaps the greatest mathematician of his time in Europe. Yesterday I was treated to a very informative short presentation about Nunes and his work by the historian of science Henrique … Continue reading

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Primitive lambda-roots

Nearly ten years ago, Donald Preece and I wrote the first draft of a set of notes on primitive lambda-roots. We could never decide what do do with them: they were too short for a monograph, too long (and expository) … Continue reading

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London Algebra Colloquium, 3

Today a new blog goes public: the London Algebra Colloquium records now live on WordPress. These records were kept by Karl Gruenberg for many years; he passed them on to me, and I put them on the web, on one … Continue reading

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Cardano’s lists

Many mathematicians have heard of Girolamo Cardano (sometimes called Jerome Cardan). His book Ars Magna (The Great Art), published in 1545, presents the first advances in algebra made in Europe since classical times, in particular the solution of a general … Continue reading

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Conferences in July

It would be the 100th birthday of Paul Erdős, if he were still with us. The Rényi Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences are marking the ocasion with an Erdős Centennial conference in the first week of July. In … Continue reading

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