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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.
As I often update old posts instead of writing new ones :), below is the (possibly incomplete) list of most recent updates:
- Career advice from the Fields medalists and some other mathematicians (last update: June 3, 2010)
- How to Choose a Research Topic (last update: March 7, 2010)
- The Top Ten Open Problems in Physics (last update: January 16, 2010)
- How to Write Grant Proposals (last update: December 26, 2009)
- How to Write a Really Good Research Paper (last update: October 29, 2009)
- Hunting Down the Old References (last update: June 22, 2009)
- Academic Networking: on the Network and beyond (last update: June 22, 2009)
- Academia or Industry? (last update: June 6, 2009)
- How to Maximize Citations (last update: June 1, 2009)
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: (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)?
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.
- Alternative Scientist
- Leaving Academia
- Beyond Academe (primarily for historians leaving the academia)
- Beyond the Ivory Tower and Moving to a Nonacademic Career series at The Chronicle of Higher Education
From now on this blog will go under the name Successful Researcher rather than Academic Career Links but the URL (https://aclinks.wordpress.com) will remain the same, at least for the moment.