Friday, December 23, 2005

Putting Things in Perspective

I found the January issue of the Notices in my mailbox this morning. Even though I'm not going to San Antonio, I read through the program a bit.

I don't know why I did that; I ended up getting annoyed at how well my friends measure up compared to me. I read about them in the Notices or I'll hear them on NPR or will otherwise learn of how excellent they are. This time it was seeing that Lauren is giving a big invited talk in one of the fancy sessions on Saturday afternoon. More impressive is that her Ph.D. is in biology, not math. (She was Chelsea Clinton's biology TA!)

So here I am grousing about this over coffee this morning. The reaction: that I know too many people.