Nature‘s Special on Scientometry

June 17, 2010

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Vladimir Arnold (1937-2010). R.I.P.

June 3, 2010

One of the world’s greatest and most influential mathematicians, Vladimir Arnold, passed away today in Paris, France. He made major contributions, inter alia, to the fields of dynamical systems (the famous KAM (Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser) theory) and topology (he is one of the founding fathers of symplectic topology). I hope that the prominent mathematicians like Terence Tao or Timothy Gowers will say more on their blogs about Arnold’s scientific legacy as they did for Israel Gelfand (update: Terence Tao has a recent post on the Euler–Arnold equation).

In addition to leaving a great legacy of mathematical theories, results and open problems, he authored a number of graduate and undergraduate textbooks (the best known perhaps being Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics) which were a major influence.

Recently updated posts

March 7, 2010

As I often update old posts instead of writing new ones :), below is the (possibly incomplete) list of most recent updates:

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Too good to be stolen? My blog was plagiarized!

January 4, 2010

They say it’s some form of recognition but I respectfully doubt.  In my case some [your favorite expletive goes here] have just copied my post on choosing a research topic and put it here: plagiarizer's url(no clickable link folks, I am not going to improve their search engine ratings!!!). No slightest shade of fun in this for me, unlike, say, in the case of Scott Aaronson.

And that should have been a scientific blog (judging by the domain name)… Talk about plagiarism in science after that. Pathetic, isn’t it? Any suggestions as to what can one do about all this (remember, it’s a Chinese site, so I doubt that the standard things like writing them and asking to remove the content or contacting their ISP would be helpful)?

How Much Passion Do You Need to Succeed in Science?

May 24, 2009

This very interesting and very controversial issue is discussed here, here and here. The discussion was triggered by this post at the YFS blog on the all not-too-nice kinds of people one encounters in science and on losing one’s illusions down the road into the academe (see also here for a related post at the RS blog); for a kind of alternative point of view see here.

Academia or Industry?

May 23, 2009

See this article from the Science Careers (hat tip: ZapperZ)

Update: on the broader issue of leaving academia see also here, here, here, and here. There also is a fair number of blogs and web sites addressing this issue, for instance:

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What’s in a Name?

April 6, 2009

From now on this blog will go under the name Successful Researcher rather than Academic Career Links but the URL ( will remain the same, at least for the moment.

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