Category: stories

  • sudoku mania (bis)

    Situation : my first class this year, about 20 fresh(wo)men, their second class this year. Me : Okay, who did some mathematics this vacation? (No response obviously, even if they did, it’s not a cool thing to admit…) Me : Sure, let me rephrase the question : who thought about solving a puzzle or played […]

  • nymphomation

    If you prefer Neal Stephenson’s Snow crash to his bestseller Cryptonomicon you may have a fun time reading through Jeff Noon’s Nymphomation. In a ‘parallel’ 1999’s Manchester, blurbflies (blurb stands for Bio-logical-Ultra-Robotic-Broadcasting-System) fill the air chanting their slogans, especially for _DominoBones_, the new lottery game which is on a year trial run in Manchester before…

  • fall again

    When the leaves start falling, so does the plane Jacobian conjecture, or so it seems. The comparison is a bit weak in this case as two of the authors of the preprint posted today at the arXiv A Proof of the Plane Jacobian Conjecture are based in Sydney, Australia… A first glance through the paper…

  • work in progress

    The third volume in the NeverEndingBooks-series will be written by Geert Van de Weyer and will be about (double) Poisson structures in the noncommutative world. Volume 4&5 are becoming clearer every day and if you think you have a project fitting in this series, you can always email to [info@neverenedingbooks.org][3]. As for the NeverEndingBooks-URL, I…

  • publish

    A quick reply to some of the comments to the lulu/neverendingbooks post. _Are they also responsible for the graphical design in your books ?_ No! In fact it was one of the more pleasant experiences of the last couple of weeks to develop our own format, LaTeX-style and covers. The usual gang had their say…

  • sudoku mania

    I never pay much attention to the crossword-puzzle page of our regular newspaper DeMorgen. I did notice that they started a new sort of puzzle a few weeks ago but figured it had to be some bingo-like stupidity. It wasn’t until last friday that I had a look at the simple set of rules and…

  • back

    If you recognize where this picture was taken, you will know that I\’m back from France. If you look closer you will see two bikes, my own Bulls mountainbike in front and Stijn\’s lightweight bike behind. If you see the relative position of the saddles, you will know that Stijn is at least 20 cm…

  • hectic days

    Hectic days ahead! Today, there is the Ph.D. defense of Stijn Symens and the following two days there is a meeting in Ghent where Jacques Alev and me organize a special session on non-commutative algebra. Here is the programme of that section Session 1 (Friday 20 May) — chair : Jacques Alev (Univ. Reims) 15.30-16.25…

  • nostalgia

    Unlike the cooler people out there, I haven’t received my _pre-ordered_ copy (via AppleStore) of Tiger yet. Partly my own fault because I couldn’t resist the temptation to bundle up with a personalized iPod Photo! The good news is that it buys me more time to follow the housecleaning tips. First, my idea was to…

  • neverendingbooks.es

    With the translating help of Juan Cuadra, a shortened version of this post did appear in the Spanish newspaper La Voz de Almeria. Juan graciously send me the whole newspaper, probably hoping to prepare me for my stay in Granada! After a long period of sickness and frantic writing, I may just have the energy…