To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
by Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Jean-Marie Souriau R.I.P.

I just learned that the mathematician JM Souriau, one of the foundators of symplectic geometry, died two days ago.

There is a mathematical conference organized by my colleagues  to celebrate his 90th birthday this year, and, sadly, now the conference will be without him. He was born on 03/June/1922.

Souriau is known for his . . . → Read More: Jean-Marie Souriau R.I.P.

The quality of J. Diff. Equations in doubt

The Journal of Diff. Equations was considered as a good journal in the field of differential equations and dynamical systems, and was given the A* ranking (the highest ranking) by the Australian system. I even considered submitting a paper to that journal. But now I have serious doubts about their quality and the seriousness . . . → Read More: The quality of J. Diff. Equations in doubt

Elsevier backing down ?!

Looks like the boycott against Elsevier is starting to show effects.

A letter from Elsevier to mathematicians dated yesterday (probably lots of people, including myself, found this letter in our mailbox) contains the following tidbits:

“… Mathematics journals published by Elsevier tend to be larger than those of other publishers. On a price-per-article, or . . . → Read More: Elsevier backing down ?!