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The Dartblog London Dispatch, No. 1

As Joe mentioned earlier, a while back I made the very bittersweet decision to graduate from Dartmouth this past June, a year before my time. I am spending what would be my senior year at the London School of Economics, pursuing the degree of Master of Science in Applicable Mathematics. My courses have titles like “Discrete Mathematics and Complexity,” “Combinatorial Optimization” and “Search Games,” which just means I spend a lot of time thinking about how to marry n men to n women in such a way that no unmarried couple wants to elope, or how a princess can optimally flee from a roving dragon in a one-dimensional world.

A year in London also means I will be exploring and reporting on the Big Smoke, the English countryside, and as much of the Continent as I can manage. ‘Round the girdled Earth I’ll roam. And LSE, which suffers many of the same identity crises that Dartmouth perennially does—undergrad vs. postgrad, small classes vs. research grants, expansion vs. peace with the local community—provides a fascinating lens through which to understand the events of the Hanover plain.

On that note, I thought I’d start with a few snapshots of my new intellectual home.

This first one gives a sense of where LSE is situated in central London. It looks south down Kingsway, taken from around the intersection of Kingsway and High Holborn. Nothing about this beautiful photograph is my work, by the way; it comes from the School’s “LSExplorer” brochure.


Here’s the obligatory iconic-main-entrance shot:

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These ones are in my new Baker. The LSE Library’s exterior is nondescript, but inside the building is a sight to behold. Its central column is completely open, from basement to roof, and is graced by a magnificent helical walkway connecting the floors.

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