This wiki is for members of the eigen* JOURNAL CLUB to share
  1. IDEAS on how to keep up with the newest research developments in physics, mathematics, and related fields
  2. SOURCES for peer reviewed journals in full-text PDF or other easy to access formats
  3. LINKS to interesting journal articles found; who is reading them; and their ratings for latest & greatest level, multidisciplinary appeal, reading difficulty, listener ho hum level (ie. esoteric vs everyman level), career relevancy, and other pertinent characteristics
  4. MEETING presentation schedules, agendas, presentation slides, and feedback
  5. EXPERIENCE choosing topics, finding worthy articles, reading, finding exciting nuggets, preparing presentations, and keeping audiences on the edge of their seats
  6. SUGGESTIONS for improving the JOURNAL CLUB
Here are some descriptors of the essence of the eigen* JOURNAL CLUB:
  • articles appearing in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • topics of personal interest, usually outside our expertise
  • careful reading of one article, grasping for its most important message(s)
  • training ourselves to do peer-reviewed literature searches
  • less pressure than a seminar presentation
  • faculty ready to help demystify lingo and ideas
  • 10min presentation (PPT) and 5min discussion for each reader
  • channeling an author, rather than our own work, could lead us to THE topic that will define us)
  • 2-3 presentations for each JOURNAL CLUB meeting at eigentalk
  • refreshments and support from our friends as usual
  • perceptive questions and discussion
  • presentations arranged by eigensecretaries and Pi Mu Epsilon president
  • the latest and greatest at the edges of knowledge


“. . . playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton (1855) by Sir David Brewster (Volume II. Ch. 27).