O'Reilly logo

The Calculus of Friendship by Steven Strogatz

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Image

Randomness (1990-91)

It was in the summer of 1990 that a red flag went up for my mother about Elisabeth. Elisabeth felt financially insecure in Boston and suggested that maybe we should move to Troy, New York. I’d been approached by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute about a job there, the lure being early tenure. Elisabeth liked the idea because she’d grown up in that part of upstate New York and the lifestyle and affordability appealed to her.

Well, that didn’t sit well with my mother. Not at all.

Actually, Elisabeth had been rightly unhappy about many things for quite a while. She’d given up a job she loved in Huntsville, Alabama, so we could ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required