An important addition to my earlier post on writing grant applications: there is a series of articles on science funding in *Science* Careers. The author is someone going — quite appropriately ðŸ™‚ —Â by the name ofÂ Grant Doctor.

## Grantsmanship Revisited

November 13, 2009## The Top Ten Open Problems in Physics

November 12, 2009A list by Dmitry Podolsky

*Update: *another such list (this time of 24 problems) by Sean Carroll, the three most important open problems in physics by the Nobel Prize winner Vitaly Ginzburg, and a more extensive list (see also the updated book version of this list)Â by the same author.

## How Successful Mathematicians Work

November 7, 2009I have found (hat tip: Yuri Kryakin)Â a great interview in Russian with Ivan Panin, where he reminesces, inter alia, about his teacher, a prominent mathematician Andrei Suslin and the way he works.Â The whole text is pretty long and very interesting but it is quite difficult to find reasonably self-contained excerpts to translate into English for those who don’t speak Russian, so let me give you just one bit as a teaser:

*Suslin tackled the problems roughly as follows: first we see* [the problem or the result to prove]*, then we believe* [that we can solve it or that we can prove the result], *and then we prove it.* *Because if you don’t believe, you will not have your vision materialized.*

## The Most Important Quality for a Working Mathematician

November 6, 2009According to Sir Michael Atiyah, the most important quality for a working mathematician is the *ability to maintain concentration for a long time*.Â Via Konstantin Zuev (original post in Russian).