[Posted on august 18, 2016.]

In no particular order :

- there is a website to gather comments on the forthcoming MSC 2020 (one obvious set of candidates not yet mentionned are the various perfectoid structures–Peter Scholze had used a bunch of MSC 2010 classes, but with more than 120 citations to that paper by now it is clear new ones are needed)
- statistics papers in
*Inventiones* are very rare, so this one must be outstanding
- Cédric Villani will give a public lecture in Mumbai tomorrow
- a student who ranked joint first at this year’s highly difficult competitive exam to enter l’X credits the book
*What is mathematics (2nd edition)* by Courant, Robbins and Stewart, which he read while in eleventh grade (première), for giving him a passion for maths
- also joint first was Cécile Gachet, who equally ranked first at the even more difficult competitive exam to enter ÉNS Ulm (this feat was obviously saluted, e.g. on twitter)
- the MSRI program on Geometric Group Theory has just started, with in particular an introductory workshop next week
- there’s an interesting article on special values of Zeta functions in the september issue of Notices of the AMS (including as the volume of a moduli space)
- topically, this blog’s host has attempted to come up with something at least remotely interesting a few weeks ago, it didn’t go so well as usual, but hopefully the first section is indeed new and worthy of publication, we shall see…

Louis XVIth, the seagull, and the antiparallelogram at dawn.

Nantes, august 2016 (public domain).

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