Back in July, I spent some time in Goettingen. As most readers of this blog, it is an old university town with plenty of history – Gauss, Riemann, Hilbert and their friends
all worked and lived there. There was a rather nice workshop on the circle method, and we all had coffee somewhere between the display cases of a nifty collection of mathematical instruments from the pre-digital era.
The anti-fascist coffeehouse in the basement had a pleasant atmosphere. On the minus side, (a) I had an unremitting and highly demonstrative case of allergies, (b) the prevalence of memorial plaques and buildings honouring Otto von Bismarck.
As for my home territory – when my parents came to visit, we took a quick trip to Lyon, where we found out that somebody had taken ideas from the Parque de la Reserva.
Lastly, here is a picture I took in front of the Sorbonne, especially for the delight of my brother and his fellow anthropology students.