Category Archives: events

conferences, seminars, lectures, etc

Busy times, 6: Leuven

I have just spent two days in Leuven. This beautiful old city is primarily now a university town. The first university was founded there in 1425, about a decade after the University of St Andrews. However, unlike St Andrews, which … Continue reading

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Busy times, 4

I meant to finish up the last item with a comment on the relationship between teaching and examining. I have never regarded examining as more than a necessary evil for teachers. So many times, while I was marking the scripts, … Continue reading

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Overload

Today is a bank holiday (even here in Scotland). I am sitting at home working. I have fallen so far behind that there is no alternative. Part of the trouble is that, over the next few months, I am giving … Continue reading

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How the light gets in, 2014

Last year, I went to the festival How the Light Gets In in Hay-on-Wye, where I took part in a couple of panel discussions. It was a lovely day out, which I described here. At this year’s festival in late … Continue reading

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66th British Mathematical Colloquium

By the time you read this, the BMC at Queen Mary will be over, or almost over. Due to circumstances more-or-less outside my control, I was only able to attend the first half-day. I heard the plenary lecture by Cédric … Continue reading

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BMC 2014

The BMC is happening at Queen Mary this April. There is a great list of speakers including an Abel prizewinner and Fields medallists beyond my limited ability to count. (The main speakers are Michael Atiyah, Robert Guralnick, Ngô Bảo Châu, … Continue reading

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From the archive, 7

Sitting on my shelves were various old notebooks in which I’d kept diaries from time to time. Four of them contained a training diary from 1987, my first year at Queen Mary and the year I ran the London Marathon … Continue reading

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