The paper "Fun with F_un" by Alain, Katia, and Matilde will appear soon in the Journal of Number Theory. An associated video abstract by Alain can be found at

http://www.youtube.com/user/JournalNumberTheory

or

http://www.youtube.com/user/AlainConnes

Alain's video is a terrific example of what is possible with these video abstracts!

My best,

David

## 4 comments:

Funniest post ever! I seriously doubt a 4 minutes video can explain

a hard mathematical subject better than a written paragraph with

some good formulas and diagrams. I think it was the reason why

people invented languages and mathematical symbols at the first

place. Therefore, I still prefer to "read" Connes' papers and to

"watch" Shakira's videos :-))

A bit of shameless promotion regarding F_un:

Lieven Le Bruyn has started a group-blog project around the running seminar about F_un taking place at MPI and his own one at the University of Antwerp. You can find it at

http://matrix.cmi.ua.ac.be/fun/

Feel free to drop by and give any kind of feedback you feel like!

anonymous: I disagree. Thurston's paper "On proof and progress in mathematics" has parts devoted precisely to this issue (effectiveness of various modes of communication in mathematics), I highly recommend it:

http://arxiv.org/pdf/math.HO/9404236.pdf

Yeah, there are even some games to teach mathematics to kids. I

dream some day one can learn about the latest achievements in

mathematics by watching some videos. When this dream comes true the

only things we need to study new progresses in mathematics are a

cozy sofa, a slice of pizza and some beer.

I would also like to add the following comments:

1. I think we do agree that there is a huge difference between

"various modes of communication" and "talking in front of a camera

for a few minutes", don't we?

2. I've searched the word "people" in Thurston's paper. It was

repeated 63 times. So, I conclude his article is generally about

mathematics and people. But my comment was about advanced

mathematics and mathematicians.

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