On the coffee break on Saturday, there was cake! This was actually one of the conferences with the best baked goods, mainly because they were all homemade!
Two weekends ago, I attended the Maine-Quebec Number Theory conference at the University of Maine in Orono. This year the conference was special in that it honored two of its co-founders, Claude Levesque and Chip Snyder, who have recently retired. I love attending the conference for a few reasons, but the main (Maine?) one is that I get to catch up with number theorists in the area and form some good connections. It doesn’t hurt that I can drive to it, that it’s short, and that there is support for lodging and a fancy lobster banquet! Continue reading
A Penrose tiling in front of the new Math Institute Building. Apparently someone saw Roger Penrose looking at the tiling pensively, as if trying to check that it was correct.
Last week, I attended Sage Days 53: Computational Number Theory, Geometry, and Physics, at the Clay Mathematics Institute in Oxford. Like most workshops, for which I have already professed my love, it was an extremely productive and positive experience. I was able to finish something I was trying to do for months, talk to a few of my collaborators in person, and learn more about developing code for Sage. In this post, I will share some of my experiences during the past week.
Even though it’s only been a month since I moved back to Maine, pre-tenure leave seems like a distant memory. I expected that the change would be abrupt, especially since I was traveling and trying to do research pretty much until the day I got in my car in Austin, Texas to drive back to Portland. But I did not expect to feel this busy and overwhelmed. In this post, I share a few thoughts on the return to my regular life after my magical sabbatical.