A group blog has been set up on the subject of concurrency theory. A plurality of contributors is named Luca, and Luca Cardelli has not even joined yet.

There is a new sum-product theorem for finite fields, improving previous results by Bourgain, Katz and Tao and by Konyagin. This is the kind of result that is used in some recent constructions of extractors.

The MacArthur “genius awards” have been announced. The awardees include Terry Tao, Manuel Blum’s former student Luis von Ahn (of captcha and ESP game fame), and Berkeley computer scientist and Stanford areonautical engineer Claire Tomlin. Jon Kleinberg was one of last year’s winners.

Harvard mathematician Shing-Tung Yau has set up a web page to reply to the New Yorker article by Sylvia Nasar and David Gruber. (Via Scott.) The page contains a letter to the New Yorker by Yau’s attorney, a prominent Boston lawyer who has already won a \$2.1 million defamation suit against a newspaper. Don’t miss tomorrow’s webcast, at noon EDT – 9am in California. Try doing “whois” to see who registered the domain name.

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