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These pages provide information about recent developments at or relevant to the ILLC (last update: 26 January 2015). Please let us know if you have material that you would like to be added to the news pages, by using the online submission form. For minor updates to existing entries you can also email the news administrators directly. English submissions strongly preferred.

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  • Harry Buhrman gives serie of online lectures on quantum computers at UvNL

    (Dutch only)
    Elke werkdag zet de Universiteit van Nederland we een nieuw, gratis college online. Afgelopen week was het de beurt aan prof. dr. Harry Buhrman van Universiteit van Amsterdam die college gaf over Kwantumcomputers.

    Het eerste college is getiteld "Waarom is een computer soms zo traag?":
    "Computers kunnen alles. ERROR! Niet dus. Prof. dr. Harry Buhrman, computerwetenschapper aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam en onderzoeker aan het Centrum van Wiskunde & Informatica, legt uit dat er nog steeds fundamentele wiskundige problemen zijn waar onze huidige computers nog niet tegen kunnen opboksen."

    Voor meer informatie, zie

  • The TeX Users Group requests your help!

    For more than three decades since its creation by Donald Knuth, the TeX software family has been creating beautiful texts. The software continues to assist many people, from a school student typesetting her homework to a large corporation churning out complex multilingual documents.

    Since 1980, the TeX Users Group has been a steward of TeX development, advocacy and education. TUG is a not-for-profit organization by, for, and of its members. It works in close cooperation with the developers of modern TeX distributions, maintainers of the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN), authors of TeX-related software, etc. We organize conferences, publish our flagship journal TUGboat and occasional books, provide development resources and coordinate efforts, maintain the website and perform many other tasks, large and small.

    This work is done by TUG members working as volunteers, with the necessary financial support coming almost entirely from membership dues and generous donations. TUG membership is an important way to care for the future stability and success of TeX. Many individuals and organizations using TeX might be interested in joining, but simply do not know about us.

    For more information, see

  • Heb je uitzonderlijk muzikaal gehoor? Doe de test!

    Ben jij een beetje muzikaal? Kun jij een liedje op de perfecte toonhoogte meezingen? Hoor jij meteen of er een valse snaar op een gitaar zit? Sommigen mensen zijn volledig toondoof. Maar mensen met absoluut gehoor kunnen (zonder te kijken!) aan een pianotoets al horen welke noot het is. Een heel zeldzame gave! Maar is deze luistereigenschap wel zo bijzonder? Hoogleraar Muziekcognitie prof. dr. Henkjan Honing (UvA) legt je uit wat nog veel opmerkelijker is aan gehoor.

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  • "History of Humanities" a new journal!

    The ILLC will be the editorial home of a new journal: “History of Humanities” which will be published by the University of Chicago Press. This journal takes as its subject the evolution of a wide variety of disciplines including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, logic, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments, through their formalization into university disciplines, and to the modern day. By exploring these subjects across time and civilizations – from Europe to China -- and along with their epistemic implications, the journal takes a critical look at the concept of humanities itself.

    Editors and associate editors from the ILLC include Rens Bod, Fenrong Liu and Jaap Maat.

    For more information, see

  • Wereldwijde aandacht voor eerste resultaten Hooked on Music

    (dutch only)
    De belangstelling voor de eerste onderzoeksresultaten van het project 'Hooked on Music', waarin UvA-wetenschappers Henkjan Honing en Ashley Burgoyne samenwerken met het Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, wordt steeds groter en internationaler. Wereldwijd berichten de (sociale) media over Wannabe van de Spice Girls als meest catchy hitsingle.

    Voor meer informatie, zie

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