it's hard to strike a balance. there are 5-6 lectures per day, you see, and usually at least one topic in both the morning and the afternoon strikes my fancy. so i end up attending both sessions ..

.. and then there's little/no quality time for me to think about my own work.

as a student i used to be able to work late into the evenings, but that gets harder, nowadays. i guess i'm getting lazy.the topics are interesting. i'm much more impressed by οptimal transpοrt than before, and these experts have an interesting viewpoint on the matter.

then again, when i was a student i hardly had my own agenda of research. it's always simpler, i suppose, when one has a single focus in mind.

they treat the mοnge-kantοrovich problem as a

*machine*.

in classical 1-variable cοmplex analysis, one often uses the rιemann mapping theorem as a tool: once one has a simply-connected planar domain, it is conformally a disc.

similarly, sometimes one just takes for granted that (given appropriate boundary data) that there is a solution to a given Dιrichlet problem. in geometry, it seems less of a concern with whether harmonic functions exist on a given manifold, as opposed to how one can use such functions to a useful end.

that's the cool thing about this οptimal transpοrt: it's like trusting in an established dιrichlet problem, but with geometric conclusions ..!

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