academiamarginalia

The life and self-reflections of a professional mathematician

Month: June, 2012

A View From The Window

I was unpacking my luggage when I quickly looked in the window and suddenly, without any reason, a flow of scattered thoughts swept me off. The main stream of this flow was “this is a step back.” The thought was gone as quickly as it came, but even now I can feel its aftertaste.

A view from the window, The Elizabeth hotel, Singapore
May 19, 2012

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Joe Doob on Teaching Probability

 As far as I can see, not much has changed since ancient times.

J.L. Doob (1942) “What is a Stochastic Process?
American Mathematical Monthly, 49(10), 648-653

Kauai, Hawaii

A tree near  the Russian Fort  Elizabeth
Kauai, Hawaii, May 15, 2012