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Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollFeb 13, 2008 7:29 AM


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Brad DeLong disentangles the messages that a (male) professor sends by wearing a tie. (Inspired by this sad little diatribe, properly mocked here.)

I have found that wearing a suit and tie is very effective if done occasionally with non-math-oriented students. It tells them that I care because it shows that I have taken sufficient time to prepare and teach the class even though I am a busy person whose schedule requires meetings with:

With math-oriented students, however, a tie tells them that I spend too little time thinking about isomorphisms

Cf. Focus. Professors were once students.

  • some powerful political figure,

  • some powerful economic figure,

  • some powerful university administrative figure, or

  • some TV interviewer

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