2013 memoir by Edward Frenkel chronicling his journey from the Soviet Union (where he was prevented from studying at Moscow State University) to teaching at Harvard and University of California, and the role and centrality of mathematics in his life. Subtitled the Heart of Hidden Reality
"Last week Tim Gowers, Cambridge University mathematician and open access advocate who led the recent boycott of Elsevier, announced an exciting new open access initiative for mathematicians on his blog. The project, called the Episciences Project, will make it super quick and easy to set up open access journals called "epijournals"."
"June 23 marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing. If I had to name five people whose personal efforts led to the defeat of Nazi Germany, the English mathematician would surely be on my list."
"Fascinating Mathematical People is a collection of informal interviews and memoirs of sixteen prominent members of the mathematical community of the twentieth century, many still active. The candid portraits collected here demonstrate that while these men and women vary widely in terms of their backgrounds, life stories, and worldviews, they all share a deep and abiding sense of wonder about mathematics."
"Albert Einstein called her the most "significant" and "creative" female mathematician of all time, and others of her contemporaries were inclined to drop the modification by sex. She invented a theorem that united with magisterial concision two conceptual pillars of physics: symmetry in nature and the universal laws of conservation."
Kristine Fowler, mathematics librarian at the University of Minnesota, shares results from a survey of mathematicians concerning how they want to be able to reuse their work, discusses alternatives to standard copyright contracts and urges scholars and institutions to be aware of not only their options but the rights they may cede in entering into publishing agreements.
Researchers from Notre Dame and Harvard, in a paper to be published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, discuss Soviet mathematicians' movement to U.S. institutions following the breakup of the Soviet Union, how Soviet mathematical study engaged in different areas of specialization from that of the west, and subsequently "a flood of new mathematicians, theorems and ideas."
The survey involved more than 600 "randomly selected mathematicians worldwide" and revealed that many mathematicians publish on arxiv.org, some on their personal websites, some publish in open access journals but disapprove of publishing fees, tenure and promotion influence publication, high awareness of publishing rights, little use of online collaboration tools
How mathematics affects our daily lives in sociological, economic, and historical perspectives. Three volume set, 490 articles, published in October 2011
Prolific science writer Aczel offers a grab bag of biographical sketches of important mathematicians: starting with the "rope-pullers" in ancient Egypt, who determined property lines for farmers
A workshop that took place February 14, 2011 to February 16, 2011, facilitating discussion of "what is important about journal publishing to mathematicians," just released its final report.
A 10 part series by Professor Marcus du Satuoy, University of Oxford, "argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. Ten fifteen minute podcasts that reveal the personalities behind the calculations from Newton to the present day. How do these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world?"