Thursday, January 07, 2010

Goodbye Princeton!

Like most people, I don't like to post to my blog too much detail about precisely where I live. But now that we're back in Switzerland, I can tell you where we were staying for the past few months: at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Unfortunately, I don't seem to have any pictures of us on the campus of the IAS, except for shots of us hiking in the Institute Woods.

The kids really liked climbing on the strange ivy we found there.

I just have a few shots of us on the Princeton University campus (which we would cross on our way to town):

Over by the math building, there was a weird sculpture (like a series of tall, metal corridors) where it was fun to race:

It was a great experience overall, and I'm glad the kids had the opportunity to try living in the U.S., if only briefly...


Varina said...

That does look like a really cool park to play in.
Also the "Institute for Advanced Study" sounds like some extremely fictional secret lab that should be in a bunker somewhere, probably within an hours drive of Metropolis or something.

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Sabayon!!!

lol, so true! And yet it is a real institute. Have a look at their website.

That is, if you're willing to accept web pages as evidence. ;^)

Unknown said...

You were at the IAS? WOW.

I'd be seriously jealous, except I don't think the math group has any female faculty. Got enough of that in grad school, thanks. XP

C. L. Hanson said...

Hey Mercredi!!!

I think you're right that there are no women among the permanent Math faculty there. But there were women among the visiting researchers. I wasn't a member of the Institute myself (I was there as a partner), but my impression was that my husband was mostly interacting with the other temporary folks at the IAS (and with the faculty of the local universities, Princeton and Rutgers). Doing research with the IAS's (small number of) permanent faculty is not what most people are there for.

Melisma said...

The outdoor sculptures on the campus are interesting. I used to takes walks through the campus just to observe art and architecture. Best wishes on getting settled back home. I look forward to reading about your next adventures.

C. L. Hanson said...

Thanks Melisma!!!

Paul Sunstone said...

You should get at least two really exciting sci-fi novels out the name, the "Institute for Advanced Study". Besides, I just know you were called on by them to save the world from aliens or something equally important. So, my question is: When it was all over and the world was safe again, did they let you keep the blaster?