Eminent British mathematician **Tim** **Gowers** has written an epic post on his attempts to get universities to disclose how much they pay for their Elsevier subscriptions. There is a lot of fascinating anecdote in there, and a shedload of important data — it’s very well worth a read. But here is the part that staggered me […]

One of my ambitions in life is to understand projective determinacy. Fortunately, **Tim Gowers** has written a series of posts to explain Martin’s proof that Borel sets are determined. The main source of interest in determinacy is that results suggest … Continue reading ?

(This post continues a discussion started by **Tim Gowers** on google+. [1] [2]) (For the impatient, go visit http://tqft.net/mlp, or for the really impatient http://tqft.net/mlp/wiki/Adv._Math./232_(2013).) It would be nice to know how much of the mathematical literature is freely accessible. Here by ‘freely accessible’ I mean “there is a URL which, in any browser anywhere […]

As Techdirt has been reporting, the idea of providing open access to publicly-funded research is steadily gaining ground. One of the key moments occurred almost exactly a year ago, when the British mathematician **Tim Gowers** announced that he would no longer have anything to do with the major academic publisher Elsevier. Show More Summary

For the past few months, Cambridge University Press (in consultation with a number of mathematicians, including **Tim Gowers** and myself) has been preparing to launch a new open access journal (or more precisely, a complex of journals – see below) in mathematics, under the title “Forum of Mathematics“, as an experiment in moving away from [...]

The 2012 Abel Prize was awarded this morning to Endre Szemerédi. I know nothing about him or his work, but there’s a webcast going on right now with **Tim Gowers** providing explanation.

In the middle of February, Times Higher Education ran a piece by Elsevier boycott originator **Tim Gowers**, entitled Occupy publishing. A week ago, they published a letter in response, written by Elsevier Senior VP David Clark, under the title If it ain’t broke, don’t bin it, in which he argued that “there is little merit [...]

There’s been lots of great discussion on the future of mathematical publishing in recent weeks, largely inspired by the boycott of Elsevier (1) (2) (3). Mostly this has been happening on blogs, particularly **Tim** Gower’s, but also here and a number of other places. There’s a nice index of this discussion in a wiki page [...]

I keep feeling I should comment on the kerfuffle around **Tim Gowers** and Elsevier. I had some similar thoughts way back when, though I found that I actually did not have the necessary chutzpah to respond to referee requests as I suggested therein. At the moment, I really find myself just wishing I understood the [...]

A few days ago, inspired by this recent post of **Tim Gowers**, a web page entitled “the cost of knowledge” has been set up as a location for mathematicians and other academics to declare a protest against the academic publishing practices of Reed Elsevier, in particular with regard to their exceptionally high journal prices, their [...]

Following a blog post by fields medalist **Tim Gowers**, there is now a website for signing an academic boycott declaration against the worst of the big anti-science publishers, Elsevier. I have signed.

**Tim Gowers** has put up a new pledge website against Elsevier. For many years, academics have protested against the business practices of Elsevier. If you would like to declare publicly that you will not support any Elsevier journal unless they radically … Continue reading ?

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This is an article I enjoyed, sharing the story of **Tim Gowers** to run an experiment in a way that his PLN could help him solve. Although the article states that...Show More Summary

**Tim Gowers**’ brilliant deconstruction of EPSRC’s Newspeak — a must read for every mathematician in Britain.

**Tim Gowers** wrote in The Importance of Mathematics: If you were to work out what mathematical research has cost the world in the last 100 years, and then work out what the world has gained, in crude economic terms, then you would discover that the world has received an extraordinary return on a very small investment. Show More Summary

This week I am in Bremen, where the 50th International Mathematical Olympiad is being held. A number of former Olympians (Béla Bollobás, **Tim Gowers**, Laci Lovasz, Stas Smirnov, Jean-Christophe Yoccoz, and myself) were invited to give a short talk (20 minutes in length) at the celebratory event for this anniversary. I chose to talk on [...]

As readers of this blog are no doubt aware, I (in conjunction with **Tim Gowers** and many others) have been working collaboratively on a mathematical project. To do this, we have been jury-rigging together a wide variety of online tools for this, including at least two blogs, a wiki, some online spreadsheets, and good old-fashioned [...]

From **Tim Gowers**’ blog comes the announcement that the Tricki - a wiki for various tricks and strategies for proving mathematical results - is now live. (My own articles for the Tricki are also on this blog; also Ben Green has written up an article on using finite fields to prove results about infinite fields [...]

In lieu of commentary on incompatibility semantics today, here are a couple of worthwhile links. The first is a tutorial on how to use Zorn's lemma by **Tim Gowers**. It is quite good and has several examples.The second is a short piece on time management by Terry Tao. Show More Summary

I’ve got internet access again, but I’m busy with a few things today, like assembling my furniture. Luckily, **Tim Gowers** has a post on “How to use Zorn’s lemma”. His example is the construction of additive (not linear) functions from to itself.
In practice, as he points out, this is equivalent to defining [...]

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