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Drama by math department standards

    He eschews job offers from prestigious East Coast institutions in favor of a relaxed, no-drama department in a place where he can enjoy the weather. — NYT on Terry Tao

Number theorist questions algebraist’s notation.
French mathematician writes paper in French.
Seminar speaker has not stated theorem with 5 minutes remaining.
Geometer attends statistics talk.
Blackboard erasers disappear. Reappear after cleaning.
Colloquium speaker is a vegetarian.
Probabilist volunteers to teach analysis.

— Guest post

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Ornette Coleman, 1930–2015

OrnetteThe great alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman died on June 11. He had a uniquely emotional style, partly from his background in rhythm and blues, and partly from his willingness to play notes away from any fixed scale. His 1982 album Of Human Feelings is a rich combination of jazz and pop/funk. But the piece to remember him by has to be his magnificent 1959 dirge Lonely Woman.

Photo ©William Claxton.

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A short film about mysterious difficulties

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A short film about abstraction

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Favorite Christmas movies

Nora and Nick Charles in The Thin Man

This week Town Topics asked Princetonians on the street to name their favorite Christmas movies. The results were infuriatingly dull. As a public service, here is a list of the favorite Christmas movies in my household.

The Thin Man
Remember the Night
Christmas in July
Enemy of the State
The Royal Tenenbaums
Auntie Mame
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
My Night at Maud’s

Nick Smith in Metropolitan


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Manifold Atlas Project

The Manifold Atlas Project has been launched. See it here.

I don’t know whether I’ll write about it, but my favorite space is the projective plane blown up at nine points.

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