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One of the difficulties that stands in the way of anybody who wants to do anything about the extortionate cost of scientific journals is lack of information: the big publishers insist on confidentiality clauses, so that we do not know what our universities are paying for their journals (though all the evidence is that it is a huge amount). The post linked to below is rather long, but the gist of it is that I have been trying to collect information about Elsevier. If you're in a hurry, then almost certainly the part you'll find most interesting is the result of Freedom of Information requests I made to 24 top British universities. Amazingly, 18 of them (and counting) ended up telling me what they are paying per year. Also, one of them gave the information to somebody else, so we know about 19. I hope that this is just the start. I especially hope that people in other countries with FOI legislation will try to use it.

I do recommend reading some of the accompanying explanation as well as the figures themselves, as it is possible to jump to incorrect conclusions if all you have to go on is the raw numbers. But the raw numbers are quite interesting ...
A little over two years ago, the Cost of Knowledge boycott of Elsevier journals began. Initially, it seemed to be highly successful, with the number of signatories rapidly reaching 10,000 and inclu...
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An article by Joseph Ayoub on

Periods and the Conjectures of Grothendieck and Kontsevich-Zagier

in the  Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society (EMS), March 2014.

http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2014-03-91.pdf
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Petits écarts entre nombres premiers et polymath :
une nouvelle manière de faire de la recherche en mathématiques?

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The New York Times Book of Mathematics--A Book Review
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"Witty and expansive, Ellenberg’s math will leave readers informed, intrigued and armed with plenty of impressive conversation starters."  Kirkus Reviews releases its pre-publication review of HOW NOT TO BE WRONG.   https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jordan-ellenberg/how-not-to-be-wrong/
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John Tate's contribution to the 1954 Amsterdam Congress.  He provides a one-page summary of 150 years of work on reciprocity laws (the central part of number theory).

http://www.mathunion.org/ICM-search/answer.cgi?first=+%09The+cohomology+groups+of+algebraic+number+fields
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May 2, 2013
A Most Profound Math Problem
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To postulate that P ≠ NP is to allow for a world of mystery, difficulty, and frustration—but also of discovery and inquiry
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The Mrignayani emporium is supposed to open at 11:00, but we had to wait for some twenty minutes for the employees to turn up (on 24/11/2013). It might be a good idea to call them before going there, to make sure that the shop is open.
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On our first day in Khajuraho, we went out for dinner. Our hotel staff had recommended the restaurant Siddharth, but my son noticed this charming little café on our way to that restaurant, so we decided to try it out the next day. At lunch the next day, we found the place to be clean and nice, with reasonably-priced Indian and European dishes. The service was fine; my son liked the place so much that we had lunch there the next day as well. The place is much frequented by backpackers but by very few Indians, which might explain my strange little experience on our last day in Khajuraho. It almost undid the most sublime experience of visiting the temples and being so lucky as to see a tigress with her cub a few metres from us. We had some coffee --- it was nice to find espresso and mocha in Khajuraho --- before the son-et-lumière show at the temples. As soon as the show got over, we rushed back to Raja to make sure we got a table for dinner. My wife and son went up to the terrace while I wanted to go to the toilet first. It was at this point that I was stopped by a shout --- HEY, WHERE ARE YOU GOING ? --- from one of the employees (in Hindi). I was a little taken aback by the question, and by the tone of the voice. I said : What happened ? The way up is over there, he replied. I know it, I said. Then he came up to me, taking a very threatening posture, and snarled "Is it wrong to point it out ?" I couldn't bear the impertinence any longer but kept my cool. I was curious about the reasons for this disgusting behaviour, so I asked him if he was the owner of the place. No, he said, he is a servant. At this point I decided to overlook him completely. If he had been the owner, I might have given him a piece of my mind. We had a reasonable dinner. After paying the bill, I was still curious as to why this man had behaved so execrably with me, so I asked the manager for an explanation. He made a show of lining up all the employees before me and pretended that there was no person who met my description. I decided to ignore the whole incident. But later it occurred to me that the reason for his behaviour might lie in the fact that Indian clientèle is not welcome during this crucial hour when European tourists come out of the son-et-lumière and are looking for a table to have dinner. So if you are European, you shouldn't have any problem of the kind I had. If you are Indian, it is preferable to wait till Raja's preferred clientèle has been served. You might be admitted after they've left. *Update* The owner has written to me that he is "really really very sorry about what happened and will deal with it in such a way as to make sure that something like this never happens again".
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