Monday, April 14, 2014

How to coil a hose

I just bought a hose to water the newly planted roses at our mountain house.  Here is one Nicoletta planted last year:
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Old posts: Max Kelly 2007

With the closing of our offices in via Carloni the web server of the old department was offline for a time and I suspect will not be reliable in future. I have decided to transfer material from the server to this blog or to the Como Category Archive.
The first item is a post made when Max Kelly died in 2007.

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Tributes to Aurelio Carboni

I have placed in the Como Category Archive some articles about Aurelio Carboni, which are based on lectures given at the conference in memory of Aurelio, June 2013, in Milan. They will be appearing in a volume of the journal Protagora, edited by Fabio Minazzi of the University of Insubria, Varese.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Last days II

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my last days as professor at the University of Insubria, Como, were complicated by a sudden change of office. I don't remember whether I mentioned that I also had to complete a course on security obligatory for all teachers and staff of the university, the final date of which was my last working day. Although not relevant for me since I have no duties regarding safety in the university after my retirement I was afraid there might be legal consequences if I did not complete the course as specified.

I thought these complications were an aspect of Italian life, but I see now similar problems occur in England. In Peter Cameron's blog he racounts being removed from his office, and losing his status as a lecturer before his course ended. He had my problem of what to do with all the books and papers.

(When I decided to leave the University of Sydney in 1998 I was careful not to tell anyone about it till the last moment exactly for fear of being regarded prematurely redundant.)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A walk near Lecco

A few days ago I was going to write a post about how depressing I find November with its lack of light. Today however we went for a walk along the Adda in delightful weather. Here are some photographs made with my phone:
The next photograph has Grigna in the background.

In the centre background of the next is Resegone:

Another photograph of Grigna with Lago di Olginate in the foreground:

A last photograph of Grigna and Resegone (with swan):

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Castiglione Olona

We go frequently to Varese but last Saturday I visited for the first time the beautiful mediaeval village of Castiglone Olona, a few kilometers from the centre of Varese. Here is a detail of frescoes by Masolino in the battistero of the Collegiata church (taken before I realized that taking photographs was forbidden)

On a different matter, I used to accommodate guests  at a beautiful ex-monastery in Calolzio-Corte until I discovered that some were allergic to bells.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sydney Mathematics Department

Below is a list found amongst my papers of staff and students of the University of Sydney Mathematics Department from 1935 till 1968, the period in which T.G. Room was professor. You may notice that in one year Ross Street, Brian Day and Vaughan Pratt were students together. A little earlier Graeme Segal was a student.   Max Kelly was on the staff, and had been a student earlier. I miss out in two ways: before 1935 my great uncle Horatio Scott Carslaw was Professor for many years, and in 1970 I joined the staff. I think the list was compiled by Sam Conlon.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Yoneda Structures

Going through my papers I found notes of a lecture I gave on Yoneda Structures in December 1971, at a meeting (13-17 December) at the University of New South Wales while Peter Freyd was visiting. A pdf file may be had by following this link.