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 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.."


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