Category Archives: Trees


As I mentioned, after Vancouver I went to a conference at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England.  It was mathematically excellent, and I feel that BBC detective shows properly prepared me for my first visit to the UK.  Trees in England … Continue reading

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For FPSAC.  The part of the conference I attended was excellent, particularly an outstanding talk by Jennifer Morse on Macdonald polynomials.  Had dinner in a rotating restaurant which was fun (although I did find the rotation slightly nauseating).  Also walked … Continue reading

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Callery pear

An article in the Times entirely about street trees?  Be still my heart!  Anyhow, it’s the usual story: once upon a time someone thought that it would be a good idea to widely spread an Asian ornamental in America, and … Continue reading

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“The Forest Unseen” by David George Haskell

The biologist/naturalist Haskell spent a year visiting the same small forest clearing, sitting, observing, and writing up what he saw. His discussion (informed by an awful lot of research outside of his patch of forest) are informative, insightful, and thought-provoking. … Continue reading

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Spring break in Minnesota

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On Monday, it was 29 degrees Fahrenheit out when I left for work in the morning; perhaps two inches of snow had fallen the night before.  It got steadily colder all day.  Tuesday night, the low was 1 degree.  I … Continue reading

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Hurricanes and trees

I love articles in the Times about the urban environment.  Somehow they often feel relaxed and substantive.  This article by Lisa Foderaro is no exception. Throughout the city, the parks department has recorded 8,577 fallen street trees, as well as … Continue reading

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The perniciousness of political influence on state universities

The title of this post is admittedly a lot stronger than the contents. The Times reports on a piece of artwork (titled “Carbon Sink”) that was removed from the University of Wyoming campus ahead of schedule due to pressure from … Continue reading

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