Happy New Year! But where are we headed?
As time goes on, fewer and fewer people actually visit this page, as opposed to subscribing by email or to the RSS feed, so the WordPress end-of-year report gives less information about trends. I shall probably continue writing for a bit longer.
Anyway, as I may have mentioned, there is an exciting conference coming up in July, and I hope you will think about coming!
2016 was an interesting year, the year of “post-truth”. The media commemorated a number of “celebrities” who died last year, many of these deaths leading to an outpouring of public grief. As you can imagine, the deaths which most affected me were those of George Martin and Leonard Cohen. Nearer to the bone, in the dying days of the year, were Michel Deza and Anne Street.
The coming year should see, among other things, my enumerative combinatorics notes turned into a book, more progress on finite transformation semigroups, courses for PhD students in Vienna and Brighton, and who knows what else? If as many opportunities come up as in 2016, I will be kept busy. Let’s hope that doing mathematics and going for walks keeps senility at bay for a bit longer.