Went to ELTE (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Hungary’s flagship university) for a lecture today. On the way there, I heard that the math department only moved to its current campus two decades ago, from a building I pass by almost every day near Alfréd Rényi, which makes sense as a location because that’s where the math faculty are. They had to move because that building was taken over by the humanities, which moved in because their building was taken over by the Catholic church, which owned it before communism. This wasn’t even part of a general restoration of property stolen by the communists (which is probably impractical)—basically just the churches got property back. This is so far from how things should be….

Also, I saw this on the way to another class. For all the jokes about dropping pianos, I’ve never seen one actually being lifted: