Polymath paper published

I’m glad to be able to report that “A new proof of the density Hales-Jewett theorem” has recently appeared in Annals of Mathematics. Unfortunately it’s behind a paywall, but you can find an almost final version on the arXiv.

I might add that my enthusiasm for this way of working is undimmed. The reason there has been no Polymathematical activity on this blog for quite a while is that I’ve been busy with more conventional projects, but in the not too distant future I’d like to do some more open research. Also, Gil Kalai and I have a plan to try soon to revive the EDP project. I won’t say any more about that now, but it seems a good moment to mention it.

9 Responses to “Polymath paper published”

  1. Nilima Says:

    Open access publishing is becoming a critical necessity. Harvard’s librarians are signalling the financial unsustainability of the current modes of scholarship:

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Works such as these, represent the dawning of a new way of doing math like the other big science branch like LHC in physic. Thanks for your efforts I will try to go throught the paper to understand this results

  3. alsablo Says:

    Brilliant, thank you, for saying and for doing what is necessary.

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  5. coreybrady Says:


    Regarding future Polymath activity — I am very interested in participating, along with my daughter who is a budding mathematician. However, because I am no longer professionally focused on mathematics as a researcher, I would need to put in a good bit of time to get prepared for a polymath burst. The same would probably be true of my daughter and, I suspect, many others.

    I know that there has been some reflection on how to widen participation in massively collaborative mathematics — Do you have any advice on how to prepare-to-be-useful?

    I feel it would be worth quite a bit of effort to have the experience of making a true contribution to a Polymath project and participating in a new, collective way of doing mathematics. I imagine many people would feel similarly.

    Thanks for any thoughts on the subject…

  6. Umar Says:

    It feels paradoxical that people collaborated online to do it and then,,, it ends up behind a paywall.

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