Author Archives: JBL

“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande

Gawande is a wonderful writer who does a good job moving back and forth between the clinical and personal/anecdotal parts of his story.  This could be a bit formulaic, but one of his case-studies is his own father and I … Continue reading

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Coincidences among small groups

I like to study reflection groups of various kinds.  Let Sn denote the group of permutations of n points, let GL(n, q) denote the general linear group of invertible linear transformations of an n-dimensional vector space over the finite field with … Continue reading

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“Sunset Park” by Paul Auster

What with moving half-way across the country and starting a new job etc., it’s been a while since I’ve read a novel.  I enjoyed this one.  At some level its characters do not feel exactly real to me, but it … Continue reading

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Bialy sightings

Update on a personal obsession: the Shop-Rite grocery store in Somerville, NJ bakes and sells bialys in-house.  (I did not get to try any.)

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March for Science MN

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Had a great time at March for Science MN last weekend.  (The fact that it was in the 70s and sunny didn’t hurt!)  Here are some photos.   Some more posters I liked but didn’t get good photos of included … Continue reading

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A nice note

Purely in the category of self-congratulation: I received a lovely note (edited below) from an advisor in the University Honors Program, for which I’ve been teaching multivariable calculus, differential equations and linear algebra this year.  I heard through many disappointed … Continue reading

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“The Bialy Eaters” by Mimi Sheraton

This short, amusing book describes attempts by the author (a former NY Times food critic) to work out the history of the bialy.  Much of the book consists of light, pleasant tales of her meetings and interviews with expatriates from … Continue reading

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