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Warning: trivial and nerdy.
Just now I’ve learned that there used to be a football team – part of the Women’s Football Association, in the USA – called the Birmingham Steel Magnolias. This delights me for nerdy reasons (as you’d probably expect): in particular, because it extends by one step a cascade of naming that I’d meant to write about. So here goes. Continue reading
Photo: Paul Erdős. (c) Topsy Kretts, CC BY 3.0
Warning: very nerdy.
Sometimes I get distracted and go down a rabbithole. Sometimes the result is fun.
I’ve been lucky, over my career, to have a large number of coauthors (some of whom are good friends; but many of whom I’ve never even met). Coauthorhip makes my work better, but it has other benefits too. A somewhat abstract one is that it makes me feel that I’m part of something larger than my own research program, or even my own discipline. I belong (as we all do) to a global and cross-disciplinary network of collaborating scientists. And to prove it, I have an Erdős number. Continue reading