God Plays Dice… auf Deutsch!

Okay, not really. I don’t know German. I took “German for reading knowledge” one summer in grad school and I’ve forgotten almost all of it.

But I miss mathblogging. I worked at it for a few years and then I started to become self-conscious about my mostly dormant blog at blogspot. Who uses blogspot any more?  And blogspot seems difficult to use for “serious” blogging — typing mathematics was difficult.  But here on wordpress, it’s easy. Did you know that e^{i \pi} + 1 = 0? And that \prod_{i=0}^\infty (1+z^{2^i}) = {1 \over 1-z}? Really, they do.

My old math blog was called God Plays Dice. It started out as a project to procrastinate in the summer after I passed my oral exams; as you can see from the posting history there it had a couple good years but then I lost interest. This blog, too, is called God Plays Dice. The reason for the new subdomain name is because godplaysdice.wordpress.com is taken.

One major difference, I hope, is that while my old blog was a blog about mathematics, this will be the blog of a mathematician. Or, these days, perhaps a statistician — I’m teaching statistics at Berkeley and spending a lot of time around people who think about data has likely influenced what goes on in my head. Four and a half years ago I was looking inward, looking towards research and my dissertation; now I’m on the other side of graduation, looking towards what the rest of life will bring.  And as Twitter has taught us, links without lots of accompanying commentary are worthwhile; that’s something I shied away from in the old days, but I’m hoping to change that this time around.

Here’s to a fresh start, on the second day of the second week of the second month of the second year of the second decade of… um… the second millennium, if you start counting millennia at zero?

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