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What a great time with David Tanzer and also a great trip in general. My question is, what do we call it when you forget modern times and return to how research visits used to be done? (before googleplus or even cars?)
What should we call it? Academic rubber tramps or quantum marco polo round uno? Now we're finally back to Torino and the ISI Foundation. After 1,427 miles of the rubber meeting the road, 8 departmental talks, 3 group meeting presentations; 3 states (non-quantum), 2 countries, 1 paper submission, what's the take home message? Drinking beer counts as working if you have a pen in hand and pad in front; powerpoint is so last century: talks should only be done using the board (yes, I like chalk and this message is important to convey information :); don't eat with your hands and talk about doing sports in fancy dinners to celebrate your departmental lecture and the fact that you're there; opinion poll: I think algebraic geometry has a lot (more?) to say about the mathematical foundations of physical theories and I'll try to figure more out in the next two years (+). Props to Ville Bergholm (il conducente) and the many others for their implicit consent of "academic rubber tramps: the research visit where the past meets the future and we do things the way they should be done". Please note: The views expressed in this post are not necessarily those of our funding bodies or our hosts, or Azimuth.