The Case of the Rising Conference Registration Fee

Synopsis: I investigate a mystery about rising conference costs and reach a different conclusion than expected. (From 2019; a January 2022 update is at the end.) A few days ago I was registering for the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting, the major yearly gathering of Physicists, and noticed that the registration fee is quite … Continue reading The Case of the Rising Conference Registration Fee

The Year in Books, 2019

Once again, a post about notable books I read last year, some great, some awful. (Past years’ lists: 2018 , 2017, 2016, and 2015.) Fiction This was the year of long books, at least more so than most years. I finally read all 963 pages of Anna Karenina, which was wonderful — sprawling, fast-moving, and … Continue reading The Year in Books, 2019