Neil J. A. Sloane: Press Clippings

Margaret Wertheim, The Fax Numbers of the Beast, and Other Mathematical Sports: An Interview with Neil Sloane, Cabinet Magazine, Issue 57, Spring 2015, pages 4854.

Siobhan Roberts, How to Build a Search Engine for Mathematics: The surprising power of Neil Sloane's Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences,
Nautilus Magazine, Issue 29, Chapter 4, Oct 22 2015.

Eric Egge in "Defying God: The StanleyWilf Conjecture, StanleyWilf Limits, and a TwoGeneration Explosion of Combinatorics", pp. 6582 of A Century of Advancing Mathematic, ed. S. F. Kennedy et al., MAA Press 2015, says: "When we enter our terms 1, 2, 6; 22, 91, 408, 1938, 9614 into the OEIS search box, we are rewarded with a description of the sequence .... In hindsight it's amusing that Sloane called his [1973] book "A Handbook", as though there might be competitors. There are none, and the OEIS is a required stop for anyone who encounters an integer sequence they don't recognize. It's no exaggeration to observe that in certain parts of combinatorics, the OEIS alone has increased the rate of new discoveries by an order of magnitude."

Featured by Slashdot on August 7 2015.

Erica Klarreich, The Connoisseur of Number Sequences, Quanta Magazine, August 6 2015.

Jeffrey Shallit, Editing an Electronic Journal, Notices of the Americal Mathematical Society, Feb. 2015, Vol. 62, Number 2, pp. 169171, refers to me saying "sometimes known as the Father of Integer Sequences".

Video interview of me by Marc Chamberland at the Joint Math Meetings in San Antoio, Texas, Jan. 2015.

Victoria Jaggard, After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers?, Smithsonian.com, Science Column, Dec 11 2014

OEIS50 Conference. On October 910 2014 there was a conference
at DIMACS, Rutgers University to celebrate the 50th birthday of the OEIS, reaching 250,000 sequences, and my 75th birthday. Videos of the talks can
be seen here

Gary Antonick, Celebrating 50 Years With the OEIS, WordPlay blog, New York Times, Oct 08, 2014.

Alex Bellos, Neil Sloane: the man who loved only integer sequences, Alexsadventuresinnumberland blog, The Guardian, Oct 07 2014.

Doron Zeilberger, Opinion 124: A Database is Worth a Thousand Mathematical Articles: An Ode to Neil Sloane's Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS), May 22, 2012.

James Gleick,
Got Numbers?, Blog Entry, Feb 15 2011.

Julie Rehmeyer,
The
pattern collector: The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences outgrows its creator,
Science News, Web Edition, Aug 06, 2010.

Jochen Reinecke, Die Leidenschaft eines ZahlenreihenSammlers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Gehen sie ins netz?, March 14, 2010, No. 10, page 61.
[Cached copy, the old link no longer works.]
The Passion of a Collector of Number Sequences [English translation]

Ivars Peterson, Deciphering Integer Sequences, The Mathematical
Tourist, March 10 2010.

Barry Cipra, What Comes Next?,
Science Magazine, 327 (Feb 19, 2010), p. 943. [One
of mathematicians' most beloved Web sites is getting ready for a makeover, it was reported at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, established by Neil Sloane at AT&T Labs Research in 1996 and run largely as a oneman shop, is poised to go "wiki," with 50 associate editors taking over much of the workload....]

Irena Cieslinska,
Co rozpala umysly, których nikt nie rozumie?, [What
enkindles the greatest intellects in the world?] (Polish), Gazeta Wyborcza, September 28, 2009.
Although this article is listed
here on the Gazeta Wyborcza web site in 2014 as being available, it seems to have vanished.

The
OnLine Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
was mentioned on the TV program
Numb3rs, May 05 2006.

Vincenzo Origlio,
L'Enciclopedia delle sequenze intere,
Biblioteche Oggi,
JanuaryFebruary 2006, pp. 4145.

Alonso Del Arte, Mathematician reaches 100k milestone of
online integer archive, The South End
(Wayne State University
Newspaper), Nov 11, 2004
[Cached copy (black and white)]

Antti Karttunen, Tuhansien
lukujonojen aarreaitta (Finnish)
[A treasuretrove of thousands of integer sequences],
Helsingin Sanomat, Science & Nature section, page D1, Tuesday, November 9 2004.

Heather Catchpole,
Exploring
the number jungle online
 Story on the Australian Broadsacting Commission (ABC)
"News in Science"
website about me, Oct 05, 2004
[Cached copy]

There's a nice discussion of the OnLine Encyclopedia
of Integer Sequences in the review in MathSciNet
by Christian Krattenthaler of my article about the database  see
Review MR1992789 (2004).

The Italian monthly magazine for software developers,
Dev.
has a piece about the OEIS in the Feb 2003 issue, No. 104, on page 72.

A 1995 paper of mine on
minimalenergy
sphere packings
has been getting publicity recently because it seems
that these packings actually turn out to be useful.
Here's one writeup of the story, from
SpaceDaily for August 21, 2003.
[Cached copy]

The
OnLine Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
was listed by PC Magazine
on May 27 2003 in its list of search engines.
For the online version click
here
and click the sidebar on Niche Search.

The
OnLine Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
was
featured in Ivars Peterson's MathTrek in Science News Online for May 17, 2003.

Ivars Peterson,
The EKG Sequence,
MathTrek, Apr 08 2002.
 Heinrich Hemme,
Die
Leidenschaft eines ZahlenreihenSammlers
[The
Passion of a Collector of Number Sequences],
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 9, 2001.

Featured by Slashdot on Feb 22 2000.

The
OnLine Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
was
one of Science magazine's Hot Picks for
15 May 1998.
 Robert Calderbank's interview
with me appeared in the IEEE
Information Theory Society Newsletter
for December 1997.

Review by J. M. Borwein and R. M. Corless
in SIAM Review (Vol. 38, 1996, pp. 333337)
of
The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.
 American Scientist, Vol. 84, JanuaryFebruary 1996,
"A question of numbers", by Brian Hayes, pp. 1014,
talks about
The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
and the
sequence servers.
 Omni, Fall, 1995, "Looking for
the sweet spot in ndimensional space", pp. 5461, by Kathleen Stein.
An article about Dave Doehlert and me, and our work on Design
of Experiments.
[The link is to a color jpeg file of one of the illustrations
in the article. The photos were taken by Peter Liepke.]
 Sunday Star Ledger, June 18, 1995, "Count
him in: Bell expert tracks trends in numbers",
pp. 1, 18, by Kitta MacPherson.
 Science News,
May 20, 1995, "Next number, please", p. 319.
 Science News, March 4, 1995,
"The Codemart catalog: arranging points on a sphere
for fun and profit", pp. 140, 142, by Ivars Peterson.
[The link is to an extract from the beginning of the article.]
 Newsweek,
January 9, 1995, "Your lucky number?",
p. 10, by Carla Koehl and Jennifer Tanaka.
The sequence servers have also been mentioned in many other places,
for example Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Nov. 11, 1995, p. 12;
Internet World, Oct. 1994, p. 17;
The Mathematica Journal, Vol. 4, Issue 3, Summer 1994, p. 30.
 What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences, by Barry Cipra,
"Straightening out nonlinear codes", pp. 3740, Americam Mathematical Society,
Providence, PI, 1994.
 Pour La Science, Septembre, 1994,
"Dictionnaire de suites", p. 25.
 Science, July 22, 1994,
"Mathematicians get an online fingerprint file",
p. 473, by Barry Cipra.
 For All Practical Purposes: Introduction to Contemporary
Mathematics, "Spotlight 10.2: Neil Sloane",
W. H. Freeman, NY, 3rd edition, 1994, pp. 308309.
 Business Week, June 20, 1994, "Suddenly, number theory
makes sense to industry", pp. 172174, by Fred Guterl.
 Science, October 29, 1993, "Nonlinear codes straighten up 
and get to work", pp. 658659, by Barry Cipra.
 Discover, October, 1990, "Math in a Million Dimensions", pp. 5866,
by David Berreby.
 Omni, September, 1989, "Interview: Neil Sloane"
pp. 7883 and 96101, by Anthony Liversidge.
 C. & E. News, February 29, 1988, pp. 22 ff., esp. p. 24,
"Interest Grows in Hadamard Transforms for Spectroscopy", by Stephen
C. Stinson.
 Montreal Gazette, Feb. 21, 1987 p. J7,
"Among sequence buffs, this man's No 1: (Neil Sloane)".
 New York Times,
Tuesday, January 27, 1987, front page of Science Tuesday section,
"In a
`random world', he collects patterns", by James Gleick. (The picture shows an extract from the first page, with the error in the third example
corrected in red.)
Added Dec 16 2009: The full text of the article (but not the illustrations)
can now be seen on the
New York Times web site.
 Forbes, December 29, 1986, "The nth dimension",
pp. 9495, by William Baldwin.
 Scientific American, April, 1974,
Review of ``A Handbook of Integer Sequences'', pp. 125126,
by Philip Morrison.
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