Monday, August 3, 2009

Bicycle Ride

***warning: a little bit of a mathy post, with no fiber content...sorry...soon normal content will return***

So as I'm on the home stretch of visit #2 to Scotland (where my phd advisor now lives) I get to enjoy a "bike ride!"  Let me explain....

In mathematics (and most academic disciplines) there is a genealogy of sorts.  Your advisor is your parent so to speak.  Their advisor your grandparent.  Other students they advise your siblings.  So I am blessed to have an awesome advisor who happens to be a woman!  Not something I sought out, but cool none the less.  But it goes further I also have a mathematical grandma!  In a field very dominated by men in the past, I think this is rather cool!  

Saturday night my math mom told me the following about my mathematical grandma:  She says when she proves something, she always stops and goes on a bike ride to enjoy the moment.  She knows tomorrow there will be gaps to patch and new problems to solve, but she takes the time to savor the feeling of solving something with a bike ride. 

So at the end of this trip, I get a math bike ride!  Woohoo!  God has answered my prayers!

10 comments:

Abigail said...

Woot! Woot!

Wool Winder said...

If I'm following your logic correcting, you're saying you proved something? Congratulations!

Bea said...

Congrats!

Robin said...

Yay on your proof!!! (Hope the bike-day is sunny with a gentle breeze!!!)

Stacy said...

Good for you!!

Davene McBride said...

This sounds very exciting! I am anxious to hear what's happened! Praise be to God!
Love you, Mom

Judy S. said...

Sounds like you are having a good trip!

susan said...

I'm imagining your math grandma riding a bike and it's bringing a huge smile to my face. Can't wait to see you! =)

nck said...

I love the idea of the bike ride. Part of the experience of something special happening is getting to celebrate it and savor the moment. I think too often we rush from one thing to the next and forget to really savor the joy.

Daisy said...

I love that idea, even though I'm not a Maths (or "math"!) person!