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2012-02-27 09:38 pm
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Рассказывает Юрий Манин...

Большое видеоинтервью Ю.И. Манина (на английском) о математике, математиках и многом другом:

https://simonsfoundation.org/mps-science-lives/-/asset_publisher/bo1E/content/yuri-manin

via noncommutativegeometry.blogspot.com
2012-02-25 10:21 pm
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What is it that makes a mathematician? Steven Krantz claims to know the answer...

Случайно наткнулся на новую книгу Steven'a G. Krantz'a A Mathematician Comes of Age -- очередную попытку ответить на вопрос, что является ключевым отличием математиков от остальных людей (и, в частности, от остальных ученых) и объяснить это этим остальным :)

Этот же автор, между прочим, написал (кроме математических монографий) несколько книг с советами, как математик должен делать карьеру, например A Primer Of Mathematical WritingA Mathematician's Survival Guide: Graduate School and Early Career Development, и The Survival of a Mathematician.

Все это (вместе с недавними постами [info]posic и [livejournal.com profile] shkrobius) наводит на размышления, но не очень понятно на какие :)

А в завершение -- вопрос к френдам-математикам: согласны ли вы с кранцевской трактовкой понятия математической зрелости из книги в начале поста? А то у меня эта книга оставила странное ощущение: вроде на первый взгляд все более-менее так и есть, как он пишет, но остается чувство какой-то сухости и впечатление, что в нарисованной им картине отсутствуют некие ключевые элементы (знать бы еще какие...)
2012-02-12 10:00 am
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Are we in for an Academic Spring?

Как это ни удивительно, ЖЖ, похоже, пока безмолвствует о прелюбопытнейших событиях в сфере academic publishing, началом которых можно, пожалуй, считать, вот этот пост филдсовского медалиста Тимоти Говерса (а здесь и здесь можно найти ряд других ссылок по теме на английском). 

Что скажете, дорогие френды? Ждет ли нас что-то новое и захватывающее, или все это лишь выпускание пара в свисток?

UPDATE (разьяснение): мне хотелось бы здесь обсудить в первую очередь вопрос о том, придет ли нечто новое (и что именно, а также как быстро) на замену классических журналов и peer review. О бойкоте Эльсевира пожалуй все важное попросту уже сказано в блоге у Говерса.



2011-01-01 11:25 pm
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Не могу не поделиться :)

В.Ф.Турчин
ЗАЩИТА ДИССЕРТАЦИИ

(комедия в одном действии)


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2010-08-26 05:23 pm
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ICM 2010 online video archive

To get to the list of the videos, just click on the image below:

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2010-07-06 08:59 pm
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The End of Tenure in the US?

Tenure, RIP: What the Vanishing Status Means for the Future of Education  is an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. While the tenured to nontenured faculty ratio is larger (than the average figures from the article) in the hard sciences, one cannot help asking whether in the years to come (and how soon) the tenure is indeed going to become a rare perk rather than a common standard, and whether the dichotomy tenured vs. nontenured faculty will be more or less equivalent to that of research-intense vs teaching-intense faculty.

What do you think?
2010-05-11 12:07 am
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When you can(not) trust a mathematical result?

http://mathoverflow.net/questions/23758/published-results-when-to-take-them-for-granted

http://blogs.ethz.ch/kowalski/2009/02/14/quoting-the-great-unknown/

А как вы решаете, можно ли доверять математическому результату из "чужой" области?
2010-04-19 07:32 pm
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Rampant cheating hurts China's research ambitions

Ghostwriting, plagiarizing or faking results is so rampant in Chinese academia that some experts worry it could hinder China's efforts to become a leader in science.

Some excerpts from the Yahoo! News item linked above:

State-run media recently exulted over reports that China publishes more papers in international journals than any except the U.S. But not all the research stands up to scrutiny. In December, a British journal retracted 70 papers from a Chinese university, all by the same two lead scientists, saying the work had been fabricated.


When professors in China need to author research papers to get promoted, many turn to people like Lu Keqian. Working on his laptop in a cramped spare bedroom, the former schoolteacher ghostwrites for professors, students, government offices — anyone willing to pay his fee, typically about 300 yuan ($45). "My opinion is that writing papers for someone else is not wrong," he said. "There will always be a time when one needs help from others. Even our great leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping needed help writing."


Dan Ben-Canaan is familiar with plagiarism.The Israeli professor has been teaching for nine years at Heilongjiang University in the northeastern city of Harbin. A colleague approached him in 2008 for a paper he wrote about the kidnapping and murder of a Jewish musician in Harbin in 1933 during the Japanese occupation. "He had the audacity to present it as his own paper at a conference that I organized," Ben-Canaan said. "Without any shame!"


The pressure to publish has created a ghostwriting boom. Nearly 1 billion yuan (more than $145 million) was spent on academic papers in China last year, up fivefold from 2007, a study by Wuhan University professor Shen Yang showed.
One company providing such a service is Lu's, in Liuzhou, a southern industrial city. His Lu Ke Academic Center boasts a network of 20 to 30 graduate students and professors whose specialties range from computer technology to military affairs.

UPDATE: The original link appears to be dead but the article is still available at many locations, e.g. here.
2010-04-15 10:53 pm
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Outsourcing College Paper Grading to India?!

Unfortunately it's not a late April's Fool joke.

The graders working for EduMetry, based in a Virginia suburb of Washington, are concentrated in India, Singapore, and Malaysia, along with some in the United States and elsewhere. They do their work online and communicate with professors via e-mail. The company advertises that its graders hold advanced degrees and can quickly turn around assignments with sophisticated commentary, because they are not juggling their own course work, too.

Excerpted from the Chronicle of Higher Education

via academics-anon

Now it's just a business school but how long do you think it'll take to spread to the physics and mathematics departments?
2010-04-12 06:04 pm

From Russia to Tenure

Я тут обнаружил прелюбопытнейшие мемуары, которые вполне можно было бы назвать From (Soviet) Russia to Tenure ;) Автор -- Валерий Сойфер.