Álvarolozano-robledo数学的现场指南

Álvaro Lozano-Robledo standing on a rock at the Grand Canyon

在大峡谷的Álvarolozano-robledo。他的新博客是数学的现场指南。信用:Marisa Gioioso。

A Field Guide to Mathematics是一个博客Álvaro Lozano-Robledo, an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Connecticut. He launched the blog this February. It focuses on “stories about mathematics, students, professors, mathematicians, abstract nonsense, research, papers, publishing, and academia,” according to its description.

在通过电子邮件进行的面试中,Lozano-Robledo对博客回答了问题。(接下来的面试被轻微编辑了长度和清晰度。)

Rachel Crowell: What inspired you to start amathblog?

Álvarolozano-robledo:我一直喜欢写作故事,因为我是个孩子。多年前(预先训练!)我写了一堆故事 - 一些用英语,一些用西班牙语 - 混合小说,现实和我自己的经历。我将其中一些人提交到西班牙的比赛。你可以找到它们这里。一些故事发表在关于关于数学的故事的书籍中(见https://www.rsme.es/2009/05/un-teorema-en-la-biblioteca-de-varios-autores-ed-anaya-y-rsme-2009/https://www.rsme.es/2008/10/sobre-numeros-y-letras-de-varios-autores-ed-anaya-y-rsme-2007/).

From time to time, people have liked my stories that they have found on my website (mostly “The Importance of Being Bounded,” since it is in English) and have asked if I would write more. I always said “Yes, some day when I have more time.” Well, now in confinement and distancing mode, I have found more time to write.

Recently, I decided to share the stories I am writing in a blog that may be more accessible to people and enter the “blogsphere” to connect with other people writing blogs and writing about math.

RC:在您的博客上,您将其描述为“关于数学,学生,教授,数学家,抽象废话,研究,论文,出版和学术界的故事。”这是一个非常广泛的主题。你想分享有什么东西可以分享读者可以期望在未来几个月内找到博客?

ALR:当然!我的目标是从Mathematician的角度写下数学,但不是技术主题。相反,我希望写下它成为一个数学家意味着什么,以便数学家和非数学家可以享受和与之相关的方式。我不确定我是否达到了我的目标,但这是焦点!目前,我只是在写下我觉得自己写的故事以及我现在准备分享的故事。

但是,我确实有一个全球对我想放在一起的故事的集合。他们跨越了一个数学家的整个生活,从本科,毕业生,博士后,托管赛道到职业/永久地位,包括学习数学的主题,做研究,发现,失败,出版等。

除了博客的主要主题外,我想包括为写作和娱乐而写的“内含物”。

RC: What do you envision as the target audience for your blog?

ALR:继续与以前答案的叙述,我有两个观众的想法。

我想达到对数学家做什么的好奇的非数学家,以及数学家如何在证明定理上工作。

I’d also like to reach mathematicians, particularly “mathematicians in training,” who may want to read stories from the point of view of a more senior mathematician. I’m hoping they will relate to these stories or learn useful information about, say, what it’s like to be tenured or what it’s like to be a working mathematician and a parent in a household where both parents work and split childcare evenly. I hope the ‘realism’ in the writing helps people understand that we all struggle sometimes, that we have all gone through tough times and happy times during our careers and that almost all of us fight impostor syndrome.

RC:除了你自己的博客之外,你最喜欢的数学博客是什么?为什么?

ALR:我实际上对数学博客的博客非常感兴趣,因为我一直发现博客,我不知道或提醒自己我没有最近签出的博客。博客Matt Bakeris excellent. Lately, I’ve been obsessed withNot Even Wrong, particularly the post on theABC猜想with what I consider the most important comment section in the history of blogs and comment sections! The back and forth between Taylor Dupuy and Peter Scholze is especially gripping.

I also follow the118金宝博娱乐城 , because I learn so much and I feel that I need to keep reading what they write in that blog to be a better member of the community. It is just very important stuff and they are doing a great job covering these very difficult topics. On a related topic,“Alice在数量的土地上的冒险经历”是一个令人难以置信的故事,如此睁大眼睛,任何在数学业务中的人都应该仔细阅读。在每个条目之后,我就像,“哇。”

I love Jordan Ellenberg’s“quomodocumque”博客,因为我爱他的写作风格,他的想法和他对事物的看法方式。

Now that I have a blog, I am discovering other blogs that I like. For example, I found Anthony Bonato’s最近的进入关于大流行如此鼓舞人心,我改变了我最新入境的计划,并花费了大量的时间在我博客中的一个条目中重新创建我的过去60天的社会隔离(Logbook entry).

rc:到目前为止写的帖子中,哪一个是你最喜欢的,为什么?

ALR:这就像问谁是你最喜欢的孩子!哈哈。在伤害我其他参赛作品的感受的风险,我必须和关于Quijote的帖子。“ElQuijote”是我所有时间最喜欢的书,也是我唯一多次阅读的非数学书。事实上我已经读了很多次。而且我有很多有趣的写作,因为我再次读了一大章,首先是西班牙语,然后用英语,所以我可以从翻译中学习如何将更为古老的西班牙语翻译成英文。无论如何,我不希望大多数人都喜欢那件作品,但如果有的话,我希望它能够推动一些数学家来读ELQuijote,因为它是如此乐趣,如此巧妙,所以它只是惊人。

Quijote条目被排除在外,我觉得我的其他最喜欢的作品是“Love Letter to Birders,”which the reader may surmise is more of a love letter to my brother than anything else. The piece explores the connection of doing research in very specialized fields. I think it’s something that many scientists can relate to: when our passion is misunderstood by a large amount of the population, even our friends.

RC:是否有任何建议或资源与正在考虑开始自己的博客或刚刚开始的人分享?

ALR:我很乐意看到Mathematicians的更多写作!继续写!它不需要是技术性的。我喜欢阅读更多关于个人经历的信息。我很乐意看到我们的领域更为人性化。

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