Welcome, gentle readers!
Let me introduce myself: my name is Ben Webster. I’m a newly minted Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley, who will be doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study this year. Since this will put me across the continent from most of the graduate students I’ve chatted with math about over the past 5 years or so (who are slowly being scattered to the four winds as is), I thought it would be nice to carry on our conversations on a blog instead.
Thus, I’m pleased to introduce “Secret Blogging Seminar,” a group blog meant to be something of an extension of the wonderful student seminars we’ve had at Berkeley, hopefully with a bit more input from the outside world.
So, what will we be talking about? Well, math, for starters (with occasional infringements from the rest of the world). My personal research interests sprawl somewhat messily along the the borders between representation theory, algebraic geometry, and knot theory, and different contributors will lean more to one side or another, but I expect the interface between these subjects to be the center of gravity of this blog. I say this not as a restriction, but rather to let you, our valued reader, know what to expect.
Which is not to say that I really know what to expect of this blog. Give me a few weeks and it may be clearer.