Author Archives: Brian Hayes

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Empty nest season

I am past the stage of life when the kids go off to school in the fall, but nonetheless the house is feeling a bit desolate at this time of year. My companions of the summer have gone to earth … Continue reading

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Another technological tragedy

One Thursday afternoon last month, dozens of fires and explosions rocked three towns along the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. By the end of the day 131 buildings were damaged or destroyed, one person was killed, and more than 20 were … Continue reading

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The Mind Wanders

On my walk to the Berkeley campus this morning I brushed my fingers through the leaves of an aromatic shrub, and then inhaled the familiar fragrance. I do this every day, and every day the first word that stands up … Continue reading

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Midcentury Monuments

Three serious books lie open before me. I had a variety of reasons for checking them out of the library, although they’re all related in one way or another to current goings on here at the Simons Institute: Donald O. … Continue reading

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Notes from JMM 2018

The annual Joint Mathematics Meeting always charges my batteries. Here are few items from this year’s gathering in San Diego. A Formal Affair In 1994 a document called the QED Manifesto made the rounds of certain mathematical mailing lists and … Continue reading

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