## On my way to AGNES

October 27, 2012

I’m putting the finishing touches on my third talk of the week, which is called “How math is used outside academia” and is intended for a math audience at the AGNES conference.

I’m taking Amtrak up to Providence to deliver the talk at Brown this afternoon. After the talk there’s a break, another talk, and then we all go to the conference dinner and I get to hang with my math nerd peeps. I’m talking about you, Ben Bakker.

Since I’m going straight from a data conference to a math conference, I’ll just make a few sociological observations about the differences I expect to see.

- No name tags at AGNES. Everyone knows each other already from undergrad, grad school, or summer programs. Or all three. It’s a small world.
- Probably nobody standing in line to get anyone’s autograph at AGNES. To be fair, that likely only happens at Strata because along with the autograph you get a free O’Reilly book, and the autographer is the author. Still, I think we should figure out a way to add this to math conferences somehow, because it’s fun to feel like you’re among celebrities.
- No theme music at AGNES when I start my talk, unlike my keynote discussion with Julie Steele on Thursday at Strata. Which is too bad, because I was gonna request “Eye of the Tiger”.

Categories: data science, math, musing

If you are still looking for ideas and have time to revise your talk, you might want to check this out: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/2556/real-world-applications-of-mathematics-by-arxiv-subject-area

Sorry, I didn’t see this in time! And I didn’t finish my slides so I’m kinda glad :) But thanks, I’ll check it out.

Most math conferences I go to have name tags! I actually oppose no-name-tags, because I think it makes life easier for people who are already very networked in (i.e. you and me) and harder for people who don’t know anyone.

I like that list of AGNES speakers, by the way — they did a great job covering a really wide range of algebraic geometry!

We have name tags. My bad.

Your lecture was fantastic.