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I believe it's funded by James Simons

Ah, now I understand. For others:

Simons Foundations --> James Simons, who is a hedge fund mananger worth ~ $14billion.

Excellent interview with Numberphile here:


In addition, James Simons was a mathematician prior to his work in the finance industry, hence his partiality toward funding a magazine that often writes about pure mathematics.

I believe he is now back at Stony Brook in the mathematics department. Not full time, he has a lot going on, but some kind of affiliation.

I bet being an academic is a lot better when you don't have to worry about being a post-doc searching for a faculty position :/

To be fair, he was a successful researcher who became professor and later chair of the Mathematics department at Stony Brook before starting Renaissance, so he got past all that the normal way.

Yes. He also funds things like Mathematics museums. [0] He's an interesting individual who also wants to stay current in Math.

[0] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2011-11-01/harvard-gr...

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