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This is a collection of the awards, press mentions, interviews, and other notable appearances of the OEIS in the media.




  • The TV series Mr Robot mentioned the OEIS in Season 2, Episode 11 or 12 (there are conflicting reports), September 2016, about 37 minutes in. They are deciphering a cryptic message with the aid of the OEIS. The scene lasts for two to three minutes (which is a lot of screen time). Screen shot:

See also Russell Brandom's article The Mr Robot Hack Report, Sep 04 2016, Following the bread crumbs Thank God for the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences


  • The Dutch magazine Pythagoras has an ongoing series of articles about number sequences, many of which mention the OEIS. Four parts have appeared so far: Een Lexicon vol Getallen ["A Dictionary of Numbers"] (Sept. 2015), Getallenplantjes ["Number plants" (?)] (Oct. 2015), Driehoeksgetallen ["Triangular numbers"] (Nov. 2015), Een bizarre rij [A bizarre sequence] (Dec. 2015).
  • Margaret Wertheim, The Fax Numbers of the Beast, and Other Mathematical Sports: An Interview with Neil Sloane, Cabinet Magazine, Issue 57, Spring 2015, pages 48-54.
  • 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 Stanley-Wilf Conjecture, Stanley-Wilf Limits, and a Two-Generation Explosion of Combinatorics, pp. 65-82 of A Century of Advancing Mathematics, 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 (Interview with Neil Sloane about the OEIS)
  • Hacker News discussion of OEIS, July 21 2015
  • Article by Vijayakumar Ambat in Malayalam (a regional language of India) in the newspaper Malayala Manorama - Padhippura, 12 June 2015, that mentions the OEIS.
  • Video interview about the OEIS by Marc Chamberland made at the Joint Math Meetings in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 2015.



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  • Julie Rehmeyer, The pattern collector: The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences outgrows its creator, Science News, Web Edition, Aug 06, 2010.
  • Jochen Reinecke, Gehen sie ins netz?, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (Sunday edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), March 14, 2010, No. 10, page 61.
  • 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 one-man shop, is poised to go "wiki," with 50 associate editors taking over much of the workload....]




  • NJAS's 2003 article about the OEIS received the Math. Assoc. America David R. Robbins Prize, Jan 07, 2008.
    Although not quite a research paper in the usual sense, the paper describes an extraordinary research tool that has had an impact on mathematics far beyond that of almost any paper...




  • The OEIS was mentioned on the TV program Numb3rs, episode "Backscatter", May 05 2006.
  • Vincenzo Origlio, L'Enciclopedia delle sequenze intere, Biblioteche Oggi, January-February 2006, pp. 41-45.



  • The OEIS was featured in Ivars Peterson's MathTrek in Science News Online for May 17, 2003.
  • The Italian monthly magazine for software developers, Dev. has a piece about the OEIS in the Feb 2003 issue, No. 104, on page 72.





  • The Rail (May 20, 1998)
  • One of Science magazine's Hot Picks for 15 May 1998.
  • Dr Matrix Award(May 22, 1997)
  • Knot in the Braid of Links (Apr 29, 1997)
  • Member of the Permutation (1997)
  • Geek Site of the Day, (Oct. 9, 1996)
  • Review by J. M. Borwein and R. M. Corless in SIAM Review (Vol. 38, 1996, pp. 333-337) of The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.
  • A Question of Numbers Fascinating review by Brian Hayes in American Scientist, Vol. 84, No. 1, January-February 1996, pages 10-14.
  • Top 5% badge (1996)
  • Sunday Star Ledger, June 18, 1995, "Count him in: Bell expert tracks trends in numbers", pp. 1, 18, by Kitta MacPherson.
  • The email servers were written up in Newsweek's "Cyberscope" column on Jan. 9, 1995 ("Your lucky number?" by Carla Koehl and Jennifer Tanaka); in Science on July 22, 1994; and in several other places.
  • Science, July 22, 1994, Mathematicians get an on-line fingerprint file, p. 473, by Barry Cipra.


  • 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.


  • Scientific American, April, 1974, Review of ``A Handbook of Integer Sequences, pp. 125-126, by Philip Morrison.