# Mathematics Weblog

## How To Write Mathematics Badly

Monday 26 February 2007 at 10:36 pm | In Articles | 5 CommentsJean-Pierre Serre (and also see Wikipedia) is one of the most eminent mathematicians alive; he was part of Bourbaki in the later stages, and he has been awarded many mathematical prizes. So it is a pleasure to watch a video of him explaining how to write good mathematical papers. He does this by explaining how to not to write mathematics which is why his talk is entitled *How To Write Mathematics Badly*.

You can forgive the amateurishness and poor sound quality of the 56-minute video for the sageness of the advice he gives. I don’t know when the talk was given but if it was recent he is doing very well for a man in his eighties.

You can find the video on Google video at Jean-Pierre Serre – How To Write Mathematics Badly and is a must see for postgraduate students who appear to make up the bulk of the audience.

*Thanks to ComplexZeta for the link.*

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the video is no more on google video! who has made a copy of it!?!

Comment by charles — Monday 26 March 2007 11:11 am #

Damn! Now I’m wishing that I’d finished watching it all the first time round, and not left it for a rainy day!

Comment by beans — Monday 26 March 2007 12:48 pm #

here is the link:

http://modular.fas.harvard.edu/edu/basic/serre/

(thanks to verbovet on google forum)

Comment by charles — Tuesday 27 March 2007 6:43 am #

Phew! It’s still available. Thanks for that link.

Comment by Steve — Tuesday 27 March 2007 10:33 am #

Yes, thanks for the link! I’m going to download it this time, so that I can safely watch it on a ‘rainy day’.

Comment by beans — Tuesday 27 March 2007 1:22 pm #