[Posted on february 18, 2017.]

Firstly, some recent items:

- new AMS president Kenneth A. Ribet is interviewed in the
*Notices*, and says in particular “*in the next few years, the AMS will evolve in lots of ways in response to this strategic planning. The books will look different. There will be new journals. The AMS will respond to what we have heard from our membership*“. I’m very curious to see whether these new journals will be like the (IMHO failed) APC-charging Proc AMS ser.B or the great Diamond OA Representation Theory. - a recent and apparently groundbreaking (pun intended) paper by Plamen Stefanov, Gunther Uhlmann and Andras Vasy has been highlighted in Nature
- the topic of the summer school at Institut Fourier will be Arakelov Geometry while that of Jussieu will be Mapping Class Groups
- some of the intermediate CNRS results are now out, namely CR2 and CR1, but not yet those for DR2 (6 positions for a hyper-competitive list of initial candidates)

Also to be noted, two upcoming auctions:

- on march 14 (estimated at €20,000/30,000) in Paris, arare copy of the 1637 first edition of Descartes’ Discours de la Méthode (containing the famous appendix La Géométrie)
- on february 22 (estimated at €200/300) in Lyon, a 326 pages manuscript c.1810 on dynamics and other topics (author unknown) [
: won by the floor at €280]*edit*

Finally, it appears this blog was started 10 years ago, in what was definitely another era: before Polymaths, MO, arxiv overlay journals…and all the new official youtube channels in math and beyond.