Linkage

ZigZag paths and neusis constructions of a heptagon and a nonagon (\(\mathbb{M}\)), new article by Dave Richeson and Dan Lawson.

annie rauwerda tells the world why Wikipedia and Wikipedia editing is great in a letter to the editor in Harper’s.

Reverse mathematics (\(\mathbb{M}\)). New entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

CAT(0) Cube Complexes (\(\mathbb{M}\)). New book by Petra Schwer.

I’m on the program committee for two recently announced calls for papers (\(\mathbb{M}\)):

CCCG 2024, the 36th Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry, July 17–19 at Brock University in Ontario, submission deadline March 22

IPEC 2024, the International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation, September 4–6 as part of ALGO 2024 at Royal Holloway, University of London, submission deadline late June
Please start preparing submissions!


European Mathematical Society goes opensource for all journals (\(\mathbb{M}\)), with a combination of diamond open access and subscriptiontoopen models.

After asking for references for a distribution on random binary trees generated by recursively flipping coins to determine whether each node is internal or external, I found enough sources to learn its name: the binary Galton–Watson process. Sariel HarPeled points out another application, to recursive sampling for minimum cuts.

The Donald E. Knuth Prize for outstanding contributions to the foundations of computer science is accepting nominations for this year’s prize (\(\mathbb{M}\)), to be presented at FOCS 2024. Nominees should have a sustained record of highimpact, seminal contributions to the foundations of computer science. Nomination deadline is March 31.

The JMM special session on serious recreational mathematics (\(\mathbb{M}\)), as reported in AMS News.

The intricate patterns and sequences of Kagen Sound’s puzzle boxes (\(\mathbb{M}\)).

Jeremy Kun asks for real applications for graph isomorphism, not just vague allusions to chemical graph theory. Independently, so does Bill Gasarch.

Apparently certain economists find it acceptable to just let Excel fill in missing data in their studies (\(\mathbb{M}\)), from alphabeticallyadjacent data, and then not even mention in their publications that they’ve done this.

This week the editorial board of a Wiley journal in economics resigned because of pressure from the publisher to relax editorial standards and specificity in favor of growth (\(\mathbb{M}\)). Retraction Watch maintains a growing list of these mass resignations but I’ve heard unsubstantiated rumors of at least one (in a nonSTEM field) that’s not on their list and I suspect there are more. In the current era of demands for open access to scientific research, it seems to me that the only safeguard against profitmotivated corruption of the literature is diamondmodel or lowcost open access publications from which the profit motive has been removed.