MathFest 2010: Day 1

4:31 PM

It has been a busy second day of MathFest for little old me. I got up early to avoid hitting a traffic jam as I did yesterday and ended up at the conference well before any other attendee was walking around. there is something otherworldly about walking around a conference when it is totally empty. it was as if the zombie apocalypse had finally happened and their first targets were the mathematicians. I used my free, and quiet, time to do my first run through of my expository Graph Theory talk(right at the 20 minute time limit) and to scope out possible areas for the interviews I was going to conduct today. Speaking of interviews I have done four so far today, two well known mathematicians who’s names are going to remain secret and then two textbook-as-a-service people for a show on open source textbooks that I am putting together, with one more to do in about 30 minutes. One of those interviews took place on the 16th floor with both of us sitting cross legged on the floor. Other than that I managed to record an episode of Math/Maths and I have a the MathFest tweetup occurring at 8 PM. For actual math content Ami Radunskaya’s Cancer talk was very engaging and Robert Devaney’s, he is tomorrow’s interview subject, Complex Dynamics and Crazy Mathematics talks are only getting better, today he talked about the dynamics of the exponential function and its Fatou set.

10:18 PM
Finally back after the MathFest Tweetup, not super well attended(there were just three of us) but there was good conversation which is all anyone really needs. My last interview of the day, another textbook one, went decently well other than the lack of a place to conduct it which led me to do another interview while sitting on the floor. Which, come to think of it, was also how I recorded this week’s Math/Maths podcast today as well. Tomorrow is another interview and another talk which means that I need sleep which therefore implies that this is the last sentence of is post.

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