Following on from the resignation of the editorial board, CUP has announced that it’s not publishing the Journal of K-Theory any more. The new journal started by the former editors, Annals of K-Theory, aims to start publishing papers online this year.
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The rumours are true: the editors which in 2007 resigned from the journal K-Theory have now resigned from the splinter journal they helped set up, Journal of K-Theory, to start a third journal, Annals of K-Theory. What a headache!
Yikes! Even with our hard-working new team of News Team news teamsters chopping away at it admirably, our news queue has grown faster than we can deal with. That means it’s time for another bullet list of news!
- The first edition of the IMA’s new journal Information and Inference (announced previously) came out last December, and everything’s free to read for two years. In other temporarily un-unfree research news, T&F have sent out another one of their inimitable PDF posters announcing that they have generously made four articles from the journal PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Undergraduate Mathematics) “free to access” for an unspecified period of time. Meanwhile, reading any other individual article will still cost you $27.50. Because that’s how much value they’ve added. Definitely. Please excuse me, I’m having trouble expressing enthusiasm.
- The Sirovich family, apparently a very wealthy family, has committed $2.5 million to establishing a “Professorship of Mathematics for the Arts” at Pratt Institute. (via The Aperiodical’s own Colm Mulcahy on Twitter)
- Robert Ghrist, a maths professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is running a MOOC on Coursera titled “Calculus: Single Variable“.
Calculus is one of the grandest achievements of human thought, explaining everything from planetary orbits to the optimal size of a city to the periodicity of a heartbeat. This brisk course covers the core ideas of single-variable Calculus with emphases on conceptual understanding and applications. The course is ideal for students beginning in the engineering, physical, and social sciences.
I thought we’d written about Ghrist before, but it seems we haven’t. Dude keeps popping up all over the place, so keep an eye out. (via Steven Strogatz on Twitter)
- An AUD 14 million scheme to fast-track bankers, engineers and so on into jobs teaching maths and science has only recruited 14 participants.
A petition has been raised for the White House to pressure the USA’s National Security Agency to allow unused discoveries to be declassified, and for “gag order” patents to expire after they have served their purpose.
The petition goes as follows:
The NSA is the largest employer of mathematicians in the United States. Currently, the discoveries of those mathematicians in their official areas of research, being deemed potentially critical to national security, are indiscriminately classified for an indefinite period, with limited circumstances for declassification.
It is requested the White House press the NSA for an expiration policy for the classification status of non-applied discoveries and instituting an expiration for gag order patents in the interest of furthering American academia and industry advancement and in the interest of crediting the discoveries of our nation’s talented NSA employees.
If you agree with that, you can sign the petition at whitehouse.gov. It currently has just over 1,800 signatures, gathered over a week and a bit.
via BikeMath on Twitter.