UK Nonlinear News, November 2001.


Invitation to write an article for Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series A

Visions of the Future by Young Scientists

About the Journal

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Series A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences) is the world's longest running scientific journal. Founded in 1665 it was used by Newton to launch his scientific career. It is published monthly by the Royal Society.

Background: The Millennium Issues

The 3 Millennium Issues of Phil Trans A, devoted to the work of young scientists, proved to be highly successful. Popular versions have now been published by Cambridge University Press as 3 paper-backed books, all carrying the generic title Visions of the Future (ed. J. M. T. Thompson, 2001). They are devoted to Astronomy & Earth Science, Physics & Electronics, and Chemistry & Life Science. The collections give a unique snap-shot of the state of physical science at the turn of the millennium, of interest to researchers and the public at large. The excitement and enthusiasm of the young scientists is strongly conveyed.

New Triennial Series

To build on this success, I am now planning a rolling series of triennial Christmas Issues. Following the Millennium pattern, I plan to solicit articles from leading young scientists, including in particular holders of Royal Society Research Fellowships. For compatibility with these awards, young will be interpreted as under 40, but the average age will be nearer 34. A three year cycle will ensure that the majority of fellows receive a relevant invitation: and as with the Millennium Issues, this new series will act as a valuable forum for them. It is expected that an external publisher will be interested in reproducing these issues as a series of books, as was the case with the Millennium Issues.

Guidelines for the Articles

Young researchers are hereby invited to submit articles reviewing their field of work and looking forward to new developments. They are encouraged to be more speculative, and perhaps more provocative, than they would normally be in a review article. The articles should be timely and topical, and written for a general scientific audience, at about the level of Scientific American. They should be well illustrated with diagrams, photographs, etc, and detailed mathematics should be kept to a minimum. A paper that describes some recent cutting edge research, as well as putting it in its wider context, and looking forward to the future is an ideal candidate. The papers will be subjected to a refereeing process which takes account of the above criteria.

The Triennial Pattern

In selecting 46 articles for the Millennium Issues, it was apparent that 3 issues of the journal are needed to adequately cover the physical sciences. So for this new series I am adopting the pattern of publishing one issue each Christmas, rolling cyclically through the physical sciences as follows:

2002 and 2005 to cover Astronomy & Earth Sciences
2003 and 2006 to cover Mathematics, Physics & Engineering
2004 and 2007 to cover Chemistry & Biological Physics

In view of the interdisciplinary nature of much research, this classification will be applied in a flexible manner, and researchers in the biological sciences should not necessarily by deterred. The current call for papers is primarily for the first issue devoted to Astronomy and Earth Sciences, but I would also welcome early suggestions for future issues.

Timetable for the December 2002 issue
1 Aug 2001 ? Call for abstracts (Research Fellows & Worldwide)
15 Oct 2001 ? Deadline for receipt of Abstracts by the Editor
30 Oct 2001 ? Acceptance decisions communicated to authors
1 Feb 2002 ? Deadline for receipt of Papers by the Editor
Feb-May 2002 ? Refereeing process and possible revisions
15 Jun 2002 ? Deadline for receipt of final, refereed Papers by the Society

Submitting an Abstract

Any young scientist, world-wide, who would be interested in contributing an article should send an abstract to me for consideration: submissions by e-mail are strongly encouraged. The abstract should be about one page in length, and it would be helpful if a brief CV could be attached. In keeping with the title, preference will be given to young researchers, but anyone under the age of 40 should feel free to submit a proposal.

Professor J. M. T. Thompson, FRS, Editor, Philosophical Transactions, A, Director, Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics, Civil Engineering Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK. E-mail:

Update (added 1st November 2001)

The first issue (Astronomy and Earth Sciences) has attracted very strong proposals. Early interest in the other issues is invited. Final deadlines are: Maths, Physics & Engineering, 15 Oct 2002; Chemistry and Life Science, 15 Oct 2003.

Source Professor J.M.T. Thompson, FRS

Free access to most popular nonlinear articles published in Physica D

The journal Physica D currently offers free access to the eight most visited nonlinear papers (based on PDF downloads) published in Physica D. These papers can be accessed via the Physica D webpage:

Source: Pierre van Doorn (

Fluctuation and Noise Letters

Fluctuation & Noise Letters is an interdisciplinary journal with emphasis on both fundamental and applied scientific values. The main areas of focus include: materials, nanostructure; biological and biomedical systems; electronic devices and systems; nonlinear systems. For a detailed description of the journal or to request for a complimentary copy, please go to:

Source: New and Forthcoming Titles from World Scientific

International Journal of Nonlinear Modelling in Science and Engineering

Cambridge International Science Publishing has launched a new journal, The International Journal of Nonlinear Modelling in Science and Engineering. Volume 1 (six issues) will be published in 2001.

Aims and Scopes

This interdisciplinary journal will contain original research pertaining to the application of mathematics to modelling of real-world nonlinear problems in all fields in sciences and engineering. The highest priority will be given to those contributions concerned with a discussion of the background of a practical problem, the establishment of an appropriate nonlinear model, the determination of a solution, analytical or numerical, and a discussion of the relevance of results when applied to real-life problems. The journal aims at providing a bridge between mathematics and all other fields. The applied mathematicians will be eager to study new research fields with many theoretical challenges and practical applications. On the other hand, it will be helpful for theoretically orientated engineers who desire to develop and implement more adequate models of actual multi-disciplinary phenomenons that they are trying to solve.

Who should subscribe?

Research and practical engineers in all branches of the biological, chemical, physical, materials, and computer sciences, as well as geology (oceanography), mathematics, mining, civil engineering, economics, aerospace technology, mechanical and marine engineering, and construction.

The URL is

Source: Victor Riecansky (

Obituary: George Keith Batchelor and Daniel George Crighton

Professor G.I. Barenblatt has written a memorial article about George Keith Batchelor (1920-2000) and Daniel George Crighton (1942-2000). This appear in: Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 48, Number 8, September 2001, pages 800-806.

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