Category Archives: Waffle

What does it take to get a raise?

Gauss … [had] a salary that remained fixed from 1807 to 1824. (see here.) What was Gauss’ salary? My limited google skills were not able to find this information, although I’m not sure how meaningful it would be to translate … Continue reading

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Random Photos

Lunt Hall, the Northwestern mathematics building,  recently underwent an upgrade of the fire alarm system. This includes introducing informative new signage, such as the following: Another change is that the “internal” window to my office was boarded up. The window … Continue reading

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Harris 60

I’ve just returned from the excellent MSRI workshop which honored Michael Harris’ 60th birthday, and here is a brief summary of some of the gossip and mathematics I picked up when I was there. First, let me take note of … Continue reading

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In Brief

The start of the academic year has a habit of bringing forth distractions, not least of all to someone as disorganized as me. So here are a few remarks in brief. The class number of is one. John Miller, a … Continue reading

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Intermezzo

Scholze is giving a course at Berkeley! Follow Jared Weinstein’s lecture notes from the course here. I believe that the lectures are also being recorded and will be available approximately one week after each lecture; I will add a link … Continue reading

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100 Posts

Meaningless numerical milestones are a good a reason as any for an indulgent post. Today, I will discuss some facts from this blog which you might not otherwise know about. It will be in the form of an (mercifully short) … Continue reading

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The decline and fall of Publications Mathématiques de l’lHÉS

I want to discuss the decline of a once great journal. How did IHES go from this: and this: to this: It is a sad state of affairs. To be clear, I am talking about the typesetting here. The old … Continue reading

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