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Yuri Manin passed away on January 7, 2023.
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Logician Martin Davis, best known for his contribution to the solution of Hilbert’s 10th problem, and development of the DPLL satisfiability algorithm, died on 1 January, 2023 in Berkeley at the age ...
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Let us wear hats

The first time I saw hats, my reaction was, "What is this? Is this something I'm supposed to do? I don't want to deal with this. I hope I can just ignore it." I don't have strong feelings ...
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MathOverflow conferences

I think in the future a MathOverflow "gathering" (not a conference) may work if arranged in concert with a major mathematical meeting, such as the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM), to be ...
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Let us wear hats

I tend to agree with Joel on this one -- the hats look like innocent fun to me. Here's a list of hats for this year's winter bash. If the hats are so problematic, could somebody maybe point out which ...
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Let us wear hats

Just to add some history... I was involved in the first time that the decision to forego hats (or whatever it was at the time). I don't remember who actually said "no" but all the decisions ...
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Let us wear hats

I suspect that some top mathematician already feel it's slightly beneath them to get openly involved in MO, not without reason. Adding frivolity would make them even more reluctant to participate, ...
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Let us wear hats

It is certainly true that a significant part of MathOverflow's success comes from a certain amount of gamification. The main part of this is the point system, which both regulates community moderation ...
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