Chaos

Chaos

Tradition wants it that we spend several years abroad as postdocs after finishing our PhD, and look for more permanent positions across the globe. This often leads to issues collectively known as "n-body problems" - where n>1. Your Portal-Editor-in-Chief ups the ante by becoming father while moving down under.

Publication price and value

Publication price and value

The Elsevier boycott call has opened another round in the debate on subscription costs, publisher profit and open access. Let's have a peek.
The spring editorial by former Editor-in-Chief Jens Rademacher.

Death Knell for the Lecture (and Conference)?

Death Knell for the Lecture (and Conference)?

Will scientific meetings and lectures move online in the near future? Editorial by Krešimir Josić

Math in the Twenty First Century

Math in the Twenty First Century

Carson Chow comments on the past and potential future impact of technology on mathematics.

Massively Multiplayer Mathematics

Massively Multiplayer Mathematics

Although theorems are frequently named after a single person, most progress in mathematics is the result of a group effort. Recently several difficult problems in mathematics have been attacked by a collective of mathematicians that have communicated through online blogs. The immediacy of this mode of communication allowed the first proposed problem to be cracked in a surprisingly short time. Will this remain an isolated approach, or can we expect that hard mathematical problems will be regularly crowdsourced in the future?


Edelspam

Edelspam

This week we celebrate the 33rd birthday of spam. According to leaders in the industry virus protection and email filtering, over 90% of email traffic is taken up by spam these days. Over 99% of this 90% is no more than annoying, but there is a small portion that targets us, applied mathematicians...


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