
Mathblogging.org is a recent initiative and may well become the default starting place to check on the status of the mathematical blogosphere. Handy, if you want to (re)populate your RSSaggregator with interesting mathematical blogs, is their graphical presentation of (nearly) all mathblogs ordered by type : group blogs, individual researchers, teachers and educators, journalistic writers,… Read more »

Exactly 7 years ago I wrote my first post. This blog wasn’t called NeB yet and it used pMachine, a then free blogging tool (later transformed into expression engine), rather than WordPress. Over the years NeB survived three hardwareupgrades of ‘the Matrix’ (the webserver hosting it), more themes than I care to remember, and a… Read more »

One of the trends of 2010 was the proliferation of StackExchange sites. I guess by now most of us visit MathOverflow along with the arXiv daily. But, there are plenty of other StackExchange sites around that may be of interest to the mathematicscommunity : Mathematics somewhat less highbrow than MathO. Physics still in the betaphase… Read more »

NeB’s webstats are orders of magnitude out of normal behavior, something must be going on… Spam filter : normally between 10 and 20 spamcomments are trapped. They are removed automatically every 14 days so I only look at them when someone complains a valid comment didn’t get through. This moment, there are 1007 spamcomments held… Read more »

you get emails like this one : From: Alyssa jasmine Subject: Interested in writing article for your blog Date: 28 Sep 2010 13:41:40 GMT+02:00 To: lieven lebruyn Hi This is Alyssa I went through your site while surfing in google, am very much impressed with your site unique informations, and We are pleased to inform… Read more »

In the wake of a colleague’s suicide and the suicide of three students, Matilde Marcolli gave an interesting and courageous talk at Caltech in April : The dark heart of our brightness: bipolar disorder and scientific creativity. Although these slides give a pretty good picture of the talk, if you can please take the time… Read more »

Via Tanya Khovanova I learned yesterday of the 50 best math blogs for mathmajors list by OnlineDegree.net. Tanya’s blog got in 2nd (congrats!) and most of the blogs I sort of follow made it to the list : the ncategory cafe (5), not even wrong (6), Gowers (12), Tao (13), good math bad math (14),… Read more »

To most mathematicians, a good LaTeXfrontend (such as TeXShop for Macusers) is the crucial tool to get the work done. We use it to draft ideas, write papers and courses, or even to take notes during lectures. However, after six years of blogging, my own LaTeXroutine became rusty. I rarely open a new texdocument, and… Read more »

To mark the end of 2009 and 6 years of blogging, two musical compositions with a mathematical touch to them. I wish you all a better 2010! Remember from last time that we identified Olivier Messiaen as the ‘Monsieur Modulo’ playing the musical organ at the Bourbaki wedding. This was based on the fact that… Read more »

A commentthread well worth following while on vacation was Algebraic Geometry without Prime Ideals at the Secret Blogging Seminar. Peter Woit became lyric about it : My nomination for the alltime highest quality discussion ever held in a blog comment section goes to the comments on this posting at Secret Blogging Seminar, where several of… Read more »

It all started with this comment on the noncommutative geometry blog by “gabriel” : Even though my understanding of noncommutative geometry is limited, there are some aspects that I am able to follow. I was wondering, since there are so few blogs here, why don’t you guys forge an alliance with neverending books, you blog… Read more »

Bloomsday has a tradition of bringing drastic changes to this blog. Two years ago, it signaled a bloomsdayending to the original neverendingbooks, giving birth (at least for a couple of months) to MoonshineMath. Last year, the bloomsday 2 post was the first of several ‘conceptual’ blog proposals, voicing my conviction that a mathblog can only… Read more »

“Die ganzen Zahlen hat der liebe Gott gemacht, alles andere ist Menschenwerk.” and after the original from Abstruse Goose.

“Lieven le Bruyn’s NEVERENDINGBOOKS isn’t really a blog at all…” Vlorbik’s unintentional [smack in the face](http://vlorbik.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/kissjoyasitflies $ left me bewildered ever since. There aren’t that many [mathematical blogs](http://wwwirma.ustrasbg.fr/article817.html) around, and, sure enough, we all have a different temperament, and hence a distinct style. I have no definition of what a mathematical blog should (or should… Read more »

A comment to Charles Siegel’s ‘big theorems’series got me checking my stats.

A few recollections and a very quick number game by Hendrik Lenstra.

A few thoughts on the ‘beyond the blog’ post by David Corfield over at the nCafe.

Some links to posts on Soule’s algebraic geometry over the field with one element.

It is always great to hear about new and clever ways to use blogs and the internet to promote (and hopefully do) science better. So, I’m a keen consumer of the Flashpresentations of the talks at the Science in the 21st century conference. Bee of Backreaction is one of the organizers and has a post… Read more »

is decided : I’ll keep maintaining this URL until newyear’s eve. At that time I’ll be blogging here for 5 years… The few encounters I’ve had with architects, taught me this basic lesson of life : the main function of several rooms in a house changes every 5 years (due to children and yourself getting… Read more »

Some weeks ago Peter Woit of Not Even Wrong and Bee of Backreaction had a videochat on all sorts of things (see the links above to see the whole clip) including the nine minute passage below on ‘the future of (science) blogs’. click here to see the video The crucial point being that blogging takes… Read more »

Next week, our annual summer school Geometric and Algebraic Methods with Applications in Physics will start, once again (ive lost count which edition it is). Because Isar is awol to la douce France, I’ll be responsible (once again) for the webrelated stuff of the meeting. So, here a couple of requests to participants/lecturers : if… Read more »

Exactly one year ago this blog was briefly renamed MoonshineMath. The concept being that it would focus on the mathematics surrounding the monster group & moonshine. Well, I got as far as the Mathieu groups… After a couple of months, I changed the name back to neverendingbooks because I needed the freedom to post on… Read more »

There are only a handful of human activities where one goes to extraordinary lengths to keep a dream alive, in spite of overwhelming evidence : religion, theoretical physics, supporting the Belgian football team and … mathematics. In recent years several people spend a lot of energy looking for properties of an elusive object : the… Read more »

Terry Tao is reworking some of his better blogposts into a book, to be published by the AMS (here’s a preliminary version of the book “What’s New?”) After some thought, I decided not to transcribe all of my posts from last year (there are 93 of them!), but instead to restrict attention to those articles… Read more »
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