Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Gauss Way

Japan has already leaped the end of year 2012, but California is still before the beginning of year 2013.

The MSRI (Mathematiical Sciences Research Institute) at the Gauss Way, California, is planning a series of workshops: Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry and Representation Theory including
, but I cannot visit California in January 2013 for the following reasons.

1.  I have to teach my students as the academic calendar of Japan is written.
2.  I cannot afford to visit California without the financial support of Japan and/or the USA, which is on the verge of serious budget cut (fiscal cliff (財政の崖) or fiscal wall (財政の壁)).

About the no.2, I have more things to append. Although European people are still thinking Japanese people are "economic animals," it is not the case. Since the so-called financial bubbles, IT-bubbles, and biotechnology bubbles are gone within this/these 2 decades, Japanese people have been struggling to overcome simultaneous crises in the tax rate, the employment rate,  the welfare, and some civilian control of nuclear plants after the aftershocks of Tohoku earthquakes and Tsunami at 14:46, 11-March-2011 (JST).

On the contrary, before the Diet (Japanese Parliament or the Lower House) campaign at the December of 2012, I have done some electric annual ballot for the AMS (American Mathematical Society) vice-president, Boards, and Councils. The financial circumstance of AMS is not optimistic; as an AMS member of 8 years, I was asked for signature against the budget cut:

Tell Congress to Avoid January 2013 Sequestration

Although I am not a resident of the U.S.A., I am affiliated with the American Mathematical Society for a long term, including some eminent immigrant mathematicians from the overseas to American universities, but I do not cite individual researchers' names in this post.

OK. Let me go back to my personal financial problem. Even though I registered in the participants' list of the MSRI, they say they cannot afford to financially support my visit for the travel and living expenses while the vice deputy sent me an encouragement message about attending one or more workshops of the MSRI at the last year. I really interpreted this letter in the literal sense, but the U.S. mathematicians are now planning the January (9-12) 2013's San Diego, CA, Joint Meetings with the SIAM, the MAA(Mathematical Association of America) and so on, which encourage graduate students' NSF grant proposals with a little chance of travel expenses.

Needless to say, I am not a graduate student any more, but Japanese policy on the science development is not promising for post-doctoral members or part-time lecturers. Thus I was much interested in the events of January-2013, but neither Japanese researchers nor American institutes let me join in such important meetings since I have not obtained the (three or more) strong recommendation letters from eminent mathematicians in the world-wide. All I can do is write my original preprint from my original motivation, but the number of papers is not large.

As Carl Friedrich Gauss -- the prince of mathematics in the 19th century -- said, a genuine mathematician does not always have plenty numbers of recommendation letters; whereas he said "Few, but ripe" for his remarkable achievements in pure mathematics and mathematical physics by himself while writing his diaries.