Monday, August 21, 2006

Hey, you look like a mathematician!

ICM is held in a fairly remote conference center near the airport. The organizers had the good sense of not recommending the hotels next to the conference center but rather a number of hotels midway between there and the city center, so one can get to the conference with a short subway ride and also not be in the middle of nowhere. The recommended hotels, however, were still quite out of the way, and, by the information I found online, they sounded big and anonymous. So I got a reservation in a nice smaller hotel that is not far from Plaza Real and other touristic attractions, and it is also in what seems one of the cool neighborhoods, with a lot of bars and restaurants, including many gay bars. It takes, unfortunately, a good 45 minutes by subway to reach the conference center.

So this afternoon, as I was checking in at the hotel, being very proud of my choice, wearing an A&F shirt, faded jeans and Kenneth Cole shoes, and feeling as non-nerdy as I can get, the person behind me in line waves hello and asks: "Are you here for ICM too?"


  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    8/21/2006 04:17:00 PM

    Maybe the person recognized you from your excellent work on complixity and was trying to make conversation? :-)

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    8/21/2006 08:52:00 PM

    no, it's the picture on the blog :)

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    8/22/2006 03:04:00 AM

    Breaking News:
    Perelman "Declined to recieve the Field Medal".

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    8/22/2006 03:09:00 AM

    Breaking News:
    Jon Kleinberg won the Nevanlinna Prize.

    The first question is:
    Who the heck is he?

  5. Blogger Luca Aceto
    8/22/2006 04:25:00 AM

    A press release from ICM 2006 confirms that Jon Kleinberg has in fact won the Nevanlinna prize---see For information on his work, look at

    He also got a MacArthur "genius" award.

    Fields medals go to Perelman and Tao (very much expected, I guess). The other two Fields medal winners are Andrei Okounkov (Princeton) and Wendelin Werner (Paris 11 and ENS).

  6. Blogger Scott
    8/22/2006 07:20:00 AM

    When I arrive early at a conference hotel, I often end up playing the game of "spot the fellow nerd." In general, it's extremely easy to tell, no matter how well the nerds try to disguise themselves.

  7. Blogger notevenwrong
    8/22/2006 02:29:00 PM

    A low point in my life many years agow was when I arrived in the Salt Lake City airport on my way to a workshop in Park City, and someone came up to me in the baggage claim area, saying "you must be here for the workshop.."

  8. Blogger chat1111
    11/09/2006 01:12:00 PM

    I think you have a cool blog. I have several blogs of my own. Visit my blog site about making a conference call.


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