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Featured e-book of the week:
A Classical Introduction to Galois Theory by Stephen C. Newman

A Classical Introduction to Galois Theory

Please contact Linda Yamamoto for more information.

Mathematics & Statistics Library Home Page

Welcome to the new website of the recently renamed Mathematics & Statistics Library! The old site for the former Mathematical & Computer Sciences Library has been retired.

Welcome new students!

Missed the scheduled orientation tours? No problem, you can ask for a one-person (or more) tour at the Circulation Desk or contact the librarian, Linda Yamamoto. Find out how to locate print and online books and journals, course reserves, things you need to know to navigate our library, and services we offer. Handouts given out at the tour are also available under "Guides & Tutorials" found in the listing on the left.

Library Open House!

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Did you know that there are over 20 Stanford libraries? Would you like to find out about our libraries and the services we offer in one location? Come to the Library Open House at Green Library on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 1-4pm. We'll have information tables set up inside and outside the East entrance of the library near the red fountain. KZSU (90.1 FM) will be providing the entertainment with music and live chat.
  • Learn about our vast collections of books, films, data, e-resources, and more.
  • Meet staff from the libraries on campus and talk to them about your project needs.
  • Discover how to find databases in SearchWorks and how to search multiple databases with xSearch.
  • See a demo of our book-scanning robot.
  • See demos of various resources including SearchWorks, xSearch, RefWorks, and Zotero.
  • Enter the drawing to win fabulous prizes.

See the Open House website for more information and updates.

Professor Kannan Soundararajan wins the 2011 Ostrowski Prize

photo of Soundararajan

From the American Mathematical Society (AMS) website:

Prof. Kannan Soundararajan has been awarded the 2011 Ostrowski Prize, along with Ib Madsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and David Preiss (University of Warwick, UK). The prize is awarded by the Ostrowski Foundation every two years to "a mathematician or group of mathematicians who have produced the best result in the field of pure mathematics or in the foundations of numerical mathematics." The prize carries a monetary award of 100,000 Swiss francs (a little over US$100,000).

See also: The Ostrowski Prize and the prize winners

Request for Comment: Combined Science Library Proposal

Stanford faculty, students and staff: There is a proposal to create a combined Science Library in the Old Chem Building as part of the development of a Chemistry/Life Sciences Quad. This library would combine the collections of the Math-Stat Library, Swain Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library, and Falconer Biology Library. We are soliciting comments and feedback of the proposal posted here.

Although the official deadline for comments has passed, you are still welcome to send your comments and feedback to Robert Schwarzwalder, Associate University Librarian for the Science and Engineering Libraries, at rns "at"

New Course Reserve Request online form available!

Instructors: A new, easier-to-use online form has been developed to request books and articles to be placed on Course Reserve. The URL is The links have been updated on our Course Reserves pages throughout the SULAIR web site. Please use this new form instead of emailing us your reserve lists, as the form will make it easier for us to maintain statistics and enable you to easily reuse lists from prior quarters.

Contemporary Mathematics series now online

All volumes of the AMS proceedings series Contemporary Mathematics are now available online to Stanford faculty, staff, and students. "Established in 1980, this series of high-quality, refereed proceedings written by recognized experts in their fields maintains high scientific standards. Volumes draw from worldwide conferences and symposia sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and other organizations."

We also have the print volumes at the Math-Stat Library, although the online version will be available sooner than the print. The latest print volume we have is #558, while the latest volume online is #563. Links to the online versions will eventually appear in SearchWorks.

Selected Cambridge University Press Books now online

Selected ebooks published by Cambridge University Press from a wide range of subjects are now available and can be located by using SearchWorks. To see a list of all 1,391 ebooks, mostly published in 2009-11, search "Cambridge Books Online" (including quotation marks) in SearchWorks.

My Account has a new look

As part of the continuing migration of the Stanford University Libraries' web site to the Drupal platform, a new My Account interface has been unveiled. When you log into "My Account" (requires SUNet ID), you'll see a summary of how many items you have checked out. Select "Checkouts" or "Requested Items" to see more details. More improvements are planned in the coming months.

Professor Kannan Soundararajan wins the 2011 Infosys Prize for Mathematical Sciences

From the Stanford Report's The Dish blog: photo of Soundararajan

"The Infosys Science Foundation recently announced that KANNAN SOUNDARARAJAN, professor of mathematics and director of the Mathematics Research Center, won the Infosys Prize 2011 for Mathematical Sciences. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in engineering and computer science, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physical sciences and social sciences."

"The citation credits Soundararajan for 'fundamental contributions to analytic number theory. These include numerous brilliant breakthroughs in well known and difficult problems, as well as the resolution of some that have been open for a long time.'" More....

See also: Infosys Prize 2011 Laureates

Professor Persi Diaconis' new book

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Prof. Persi Diaconis, Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, has recently published his latest book (co-authored with Prof. Ron Graham, UCSD), Magical mathematics : the mathematical ideas that animate great magic tricks, with Princeton University Press.

The publisher's description states, "Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical ideas behind them--that will astound even the most accomplished magician.... Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical knowledge. For example, the Gilbreath principle--a fantastic effect where the cards remain in control despite being shuffled--is found to share an intimate connection with the Mandelbrot set. Other card tricks link to the mathematical secrets of combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, topology, the Riemann hypothesis, and even Fermat's last theorem."

The library has purchased a copy of the book, which is shelved under the call number GV1549 .D53 2012, but it's currently checked out. Click here to be next in line to see it.

You may also wish to read two interviews conducted in conjunction with the book's release (SUNet ID required):

Jeffrey R. Young, "The Magical Mind of Persi Diaconis" (The Chronicle Review), The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 16, 2011

Jascha Hoffman, "Q&A: The mathemagician", Nature, v478, p457, October 27, 2011

Current Developments in Mathematics now online!

We now have online access to the conference proceedings Current Developments in Mathematics, published by International Press since 2002. Online access is made available via Project Euclid. These are proceedings of a seminar sponsored by the departments of mathematics of Harvard University and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1995. Volumes for the years 1995-2001 are still only available in print, shelved under call number QA1 .C87.

SIAM e-books now available!

We now have online access to books published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Currently there are 200 works published over the past five decades, with another 200 scheduled to be added over the year. Individual chapters are available for download as PDF files. For a list of titles, see the publisher's web site. NOTE: The connection can be rather slow at times.

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