Communicating mathematics to peers, to students, to the general public. For mathematics of communication (channels etc.) use it.information-theory

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Thinking and Explaining

How big a gap is there between how you think about mathematics and what you say to others? Do you say what you're thinking? Please give either personal examples of how your thoughts and words ...
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Which math paper maximizes the ratio (importance)/(length)?

My vote would be Milnor's 7-page paper "On manifolds homeomorphic to the 7-sphere", in Vol. 64 of Annals of Math. For those who have not read it, he explicitly constructs smooth 7-manifolds which are ...
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Are there other nice math books close to the style of Tristan Needham?

Hello, I've been very positively impressed by Tristan Needham's book "Visual Complex Analysis", a very original and atypical mathematics book which is more oriented to helping intuition and insight ...
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Refereeing a Paper [closed]

I've refereed at least a dozen papers in my (short) career so far and I still find the process completely baffling. I'm wondering what is actually expected and what people tend to do... Some things ...
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Tools for collaborative paper-writing

I personally use a revision control system (git) to manage my own paper writing, back things up, and synchronize between different machines. However, I've found most programmer's revision control ...
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Is a free alternative to MathSciNet possible?

How could a free (i.e. free content) alternative for MathSciNet and Zentralblatt be created? Comments Some mathematicians have stopped writing reviews for MathSciNet because they feel their ...
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Tools for long-distance collaboration

Background In general, I am aware of four and a half methods of long-distance collaboration: Telephone (including voice-chat, VOIP, etc.; anything that is voice based) Text chat (chat room, IM, ...
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Most intriguing mathematical epigraphs

Good epigraphs may attract more readers. Sometimes it is necessary. Usually epigraphs are interesting but not intriguing. To pick up an epigraph is some kind of nearly mathematical problem: it ...
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Presenting a paper: Do's and Don'ts?

I was wondering what would be the best way to present your paper at a conference, if your paper is selected for "short communication", lasting for about 15 minutes? Should you concentrate on the main ...
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Errata database?

Some authors do a really great job by collecting errors and comments to their books and putting a list on their websites. I wonder if there is some (perhaps wiki-style) website where errata are ...