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What’s happening mathematically in Europe?

We have an extensive list of upcoming conferences and other events: 
http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/event-list
Keep checking back!
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Impenetrable from page four

I wouldn't usually link to negative reviews of other people's books, but this one is too funny to miss.

"I have yet to speak to a single person, and that includes my ex-landlord (who won the International Mathematics Olympiad three times with a top score) who knows what Villani is talking about."

I don't think Cédric can really complain about any of this: he filled the book with not only unexplained but uncompiled LaTeX, so what does he expect?

[Bonus question: can you guess who the reviewer's ex-landlord is?]
Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure Cédric Villani (translated by Malcolm DeBevoise) The Bodley Head, pp.250, £18.99, ISBN: 9781847922526 I’ve got a mathematical problem. Birth of a Theorem is… Read more
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Klein said that the two had decided to divide group theory into two: Lie taking the theory of continuous groups, Klein the discontinuous.

From the archives of the EMS Newsletter, Jeremy Gray looks back on the life of Felix Klein, and his remarkable and friendship and partnership with Sophus Lie:
http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/1999-06-32.pdf#page=12
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Weil was scathing about mathematicians who base conjectures on little more than their own failure to prove a result they would like to be true. His conjectures were precise but profound generalisations of known results, and by putting them in the public domain he carried out the duty of the leading mathematicians of any period: to shape the future of the subject.

Looking back at the life of André Weil, from the archives of the EMS Newsletter: http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/1999-03-31.pdf#page=22
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And Fermat had his “last theorem”! :-)
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Live coverage of The Burial of King Richard III (no really) is here:
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-leicestershire-31906058
Summary. Richard III's coffin shown in public for first time ahead of reinterment ceremony; Hearse arrives at Fenn Lane in Leicestershire to begin journey through county; Richard was the last king of England to die in battle; Body was rediscovered in a Leicester car park in August 2012 ...
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>[A Catholic cardinal's] presence in an Anglican cathedral is a reflection of the fact Richard was a devout Roman Catholic and died before the Church of England was set up.

On the contrary, Richard was a member of the Church of England.  It's just that, before Henry VIII, the Church of England was the Roman Catholic Church.  (And it was again for a brief time after Henry VIII.)
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Looking back at the Bounded Gapes between Primes Polymath

“it felt like being able to sneak into the garage and watch a high-performance engine being built up from scratch”

In 2013, Yitang Zhang proved that there are infinitely many pairs of primes separated by a distance of 70 million or less. There then followed flurry of activity as mathematicians fought to bring that number down. (At time of writing it is down to 246.) Much of that activity took the form of Polymath Projects.

In this article from December 2014, some participants and spectators (including +Terence Tao+David Roberts, and +Pace Nielsen) reflect on that process: 
http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2014-12-94.pdf#page=15
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What the Best College Teachers Do

"Open a typical book on the theory of pedagogy, and all too often one is confronted by a morass of impenetrable and, one often suspects, unnecessary jargon. So it is a particular pleasure to read Ken Bain’s “What the Best College Teachers Do”. The book is the outcome of a fifteen year study in which Bain and colleagues identified and analysed around a hundred excellent teachers at US Colleges and Universities."

Read the rest of my review of Bain's book at The De Morgan Forum:
http://education.lms.ac.uk/2015/03/book-review-what-the-best-college-teachers-do-by-ken-bain-2004/
Book review by Richard Elwes: Open a typical book on the theory of pedagogy, and all too often one is confronted by a morass of impenetrable and, one often suspects, unnecessary jargon. So it is a particular pleasure to read Ken Bain's “What the Best College Teachers Do”.
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OK, sounds good.  I'll check it out.
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This week-end the EMS is holding a meeting of the Presidents of its Member Societies (plus guests). It is at the University of Innsbruck, hosted by the Austrian Mathematical Society.
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You've got to fight, for your right, to, paaaarrrrtyyyy!
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The Abel Prize goes to John Nash and Louis Nirenberg “for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.”

http://www.abelprize.no/nyheter/vis.html?tid=63589
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The Imminent Abel Prize

The Abel Prize will be announced in around half an hour (11 GMT or 12:00 noon Norwegian time). Watch a live stream of the ceremony from Oslo, including an accessible account of the winner's work by Alex Bellos, here:
http://www.abelprisen.no/artikkel/vis.html?tid=63570
The Academy's choice of laureate is based on the recommendation of the Abel Committee. The chair of the Abel Committee, John Rognes, will give the reasons for the awarding of the prize. Writer and broadcaster Alex Bellos will give a popular science presentation of the prize winner's work.
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Interview with a Fields Medallist

“When I encounter a result, my first reaction is: ‘Can I prove this myself?’ And I try. Usually, I see how it is being done but occasionally I get stuck. I look for how that difficulty is treated in the proof, so in effect I am successively bisecting the proof, zooming in on the crucial point (there could of course be several). So I either get it or discover that the proof is wrong.”

Interview with Martin Hairer.
http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/2014-12-94.pdf#page=45
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"By the age of eleven she had mastered several languages, including French, Latin, Greek, German, Spanish and Hebrew, and in 1738 a volume was published containing 191 philosophical theses she was prepared to defend, challenging all comers.... However, Agnesi soon became disenchanted with her life as a public display of prodigious talent and, to her father's dismay, decided to enter a convent. "


Looking back at the life of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, from the archives of the EMS Newsletter.

http://www.ems-ph.org/journals/newsletter/pdf/1999-03-31.pdf#page=18
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Author of Maths 1001 & How to Build a Brain (AKA Mathematics Without The Boring Bits) & some other stuff, mostly on the subject of maths
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    Mathematics, 1997 - 2001
  • University of Leeds
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