The life and self-reflections of a professional mathematician

Month: July, 2012

Monday and Coffee

Today, I wrote two reviews: one review of a research paper on uncertainty quantification and one review of a textbook that I used last spring. Both are positive (what can I do if both the paper and the textbook are good?) and, therefore, useless. Thus, the today’s motto:


Around The Globe

After a long trip,
Los Angeles → Hong Kong → Singapore → Doha → Moscow → Los Angeles,
I am finally back to California.

Bird’s-eye view of LA
July 21, 2012


Feynman on Bananas

When a researcher starts to think about something new, something he does not understand, he often feels confused and stupid. Doing research is unhappy business. Everybody has his own trick how to overcome this heartbreaking feeling. Mine is to watch the following video where Richard Feynman is talking about bananas :) When I see that even Feynman feels stupid, I feel much better!

Yasnaya Polyana

Last time I was in Yasnaya Polyana, the home of Leo Tolstoy, about three years ago, on one of the greatest days of my life.

Large Pond, Yasnaya Polyana, Russia
July 08, 2012


In case you decide to live (or at least to travel) in Russia, I would recommend to settle down in stanitsa Mikhaylovskaya, Krasnodar Krai. See why:

Stanitsa Mikhaylovskay, Krasnodar Krai
June 25, 2012