Tuesday, November 02, 2010

observations, as a guest.

1. when you're a visitor, everyone looks busy. then again, i would probably look the same, to anyone visiting me. at any rate, i'm glad i brought some of my own work to do, while my colleagues are away at meetings and teaching.

2. the department i've visiting feels very geometric: the conversations reflect it. in my own department, i feel like my conversations are mainly about function theory and PDE. (it's just interesting to compare how different groups work.)

3. every time i visit another department, it's only a matter of time before i draw tubes and slabs on their blackboards. this time, it occurred more quickly than usual: i suspect i'll think about metrιc derιvations regularly, for the next few weeks.

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