Galley!

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Wow.  Rather amazing to hold the thing in my hand as an actual book, or almost-book.  Duty compels me to remind you that you can pre-order, if you want, at Amazon.

How do you like my boombox, by the way?

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9 thoughts on “Galley!

  1. Michael says:

    Hm, looks suspiciously like Woit’s book http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0465092756
    Is he your role model?

  2. Joseph Nebus says:

    Ooh, congratulations. Thrilling to see one in print.

    It’s hard to judge the boom box without knowing what’s playing.

  3. Richard Séguin says:

    I just pre-ordered. By the time June arrives I’ll probabaly have forgotten all about it and then a mystery box will arrive in the mail.

  4. RG says:

    Not relevant to this post, but curious to your thoughts: Debate is about a 26-28 year old woman who wants to keep her last name in marriage because of her professional identity. My response was to laugh, what identity do you have at that age? I said, sure there are a couple of hot shots – you came to mind – but I bet they could change their name to a peace symbol and still retain their professional identity. She’s not going into witness protection, FFS. curious what you think about name changes at marriage, reputation, and loss thereof? You seem like someone who would have considered it.

  5. RG says:

    Also, for point of reference, I’m a woman with no dog in this fight: my first name is far more unusual than my last. I might reject changing my name because a different ethnicity would sound odd, but not because “no one will know who I am”.

  6. Tom Church says:

    RG, I’m not sure if you’re someone I know, but your question sounds utterly alien to me (as a 26-year-old man). Perhaps this is a generational thing? I’ve heard of people changing their name when getting married, and some acquaintances and older friends have done so, but I don’t know anyone my age personally who has changed their name. It seems a very strange custom if you’re not used to it.

  7. JSE says:

    Just off the top of my head, Tom, you know a married couple, slightly older than you but certainly in your generation, a number theorist and a probabilist, who were postdocs at Stanford and are now at Wisconsin, and who have different names than they did before they got married.

    I think it’s not just age but also cultural location. Of the married couples in the Wisconsin math department, who range in age from the couple I just mentioned to a couple well older than me, none have the same surname. In fact I’m hard pressed to think of any couple I know at UW who have the same last name, and these people are mostly around my age or older.

    Maybe I’ll make a post about this if people want to talk about it.

  8. JSE says:

    When I say “none have the same surname,” of course, I mean “except for the couple I mentioned in the first paragraph, who are the youngest of the bunch, and who do.”

  9. Tom Church says:

    I should have been clearer and said “any women who have taken their husband’s name”; taking each others’ names (as in your example) or a husband taking their wife’s name (as my friend Nick Longo at Chicago did) seems different. But perhaps the right perspective is just that having the same last name as one’s spouse isn’t something that people value, or often, something they even think about.

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