Monday, November 14, 2016

Two for the road.

Leaving for India tomorrow. Two articles to mull about on the trip
" I call myself a democratic socialist, just as Bernie Sanders does, but we’re living in a time where we have to frankly admit that we don’t know exactly what that means."
From https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/nancy-fraser-interview-capitalism-crisis-of-care
And "That phrase ‘true culture’ suggests that the revolution is a cultural rather than material one, with culture normatively conceived by a patrician Marxist sensibility that we ... encounter repeatedly as we trace the history of the Frankfurt School, especially in Adorno’s essays on the culture industry: the workers, once freed of the yoke of oppression, would march to the sunlit uplands of Beethoven, rather than wallow in the sewers of Hollywood." 
From http://www.drb.ie/essays/the-view-from-the-tower#

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A 2014 appraisal of Obama

"The Obama era has been deeply disorienting for the left. Eight years ago, progressives would have delighted at the idea of a president who withdrew from Iraq, remade the rules for Wall Street, slowed the proliferation of greenhouse gases, brought the country within spitting distance of universal health care, and multiplied the rights of gays and lesbians. And yet it’s hard to be a self-respecting progressive these days and not feel a frustration that borders on disillusionment. The victories have been muddled, the errors unforced, the ambitions preemptively scaled back.
How could these two legacies coexist in one presidency? They emanate from the worldview that Jarrett and Obama share—call it “boardroom liberalism.” It’s a worldview that’s steeped in social progressivism, in the values of tolerance and diversity. It takes as a given that government has a role to play in building infrastructure, regulating business, training workers, smoothing out the boom-bust cycles of the economy, providing for the poor and disadvantaged. But it is a view from on high—one that presumes a dominant role for large institutions like corporations and a wisdom on the part of elites. It believes that the world works best when these elites use their power magnanimously, not when they’re forced to share it. The picture of the boardroom liberal is a corporate CEO handing a refrigerator-sized check to the head of a charity at a celebrity golf tournament. All the better if they’re surrounded by minority children and struggling moms." From a 2014 article 'The Obama Whishperer" by Noam Schreiber https://newrepublic.com/article/120170/valerie-jarrett-obama-whisperer
Check also https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/2016-election/obama-trump-counties/

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I am still remembered in mathematics

During a selfsearch I find:
"The following is a very strong theorem.
Theorem 3.6 (Swarup [Swa]). If X is a connected metrizable space which admits a uniform convergence group action, then X is locally connected and contains no cut points."
i did not see it this way. This seems to refer to a theorem in which Brian Bowditch did 90 percent of the work and I put two and two together. That was done twenty years ago.
http://www.math.univ-toulouse.fr/~phaissin/Doc/actionqmobius.pdf
I am of course more pleased with the current work with Peter Scott and Lawrence Reeves about Poincare Duality pairs where we seem to have proved that their canonical decompositions depend only on the group and not on the boundary. The earlier work took only a week and this is going on even after three and half months. Possibly harder work gives more satisfaction though it is not clear which is more significant. One of the best things that I have done took place during a train journey of two hours in 1977. I was visiting Jo in Southampton, who is still a good friend and is still in touch. The 1977 work and the current work are related.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Completing the first stage in a mathematics program

Trying to revise old papers led to a new observation which took three months to complete. Being rusty, I am still not sure whether it is completely correct or not. Since there are a couple of collaborators, it seems that some thing may come out of it. In any case two old unpublished papers, again with collaborators, are being completed. So, very few posts in the next few months.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Some changes

I have my first cell phone. At the end of of shopping, a few times it was difficult to contact Jhansi and I had to walk home. She got a new phone and gave me her old one. Apart from not getting lost in shopping centres, I am not sure what I am going to do with it.
I seem to have got in to some rhythm with my mathematics. Getting some new results, understanding some old ones better. Collaborating with an ex-student and I guess that the current problems will keep us busy for an year or so.