I wouldn’t have thought it possible until yesterday, but my mother got dangerously close to doing just that. The burglar/fire alarm (which I thought and still do think is absolutely useless in the 5th safest city in the US) went off repeatedly, and I thought people were testing it. After about ten minutes of loud noises, I went inside and saw a lot of smoke. Then my mother said: “I just burned some toast. Would you like to see what carbon looks like?” Of course, the police and fire departments called our house repeatedly to see if anyone was still alive.
I got new math books yesterday. I now I have three books on the Riemann Hypothesis that I shouldn’t be touching until I finish Calculus on Manifolds, but there’s no way that’s going to happen. But I have successfully completed my reading of chapter one of Calculus on Manifolds, and the other four seem to have something to do with calculus, so maybe I’ll actually be able to get through it. I have to read it aloud if I want to have a chance at understanding it. Thus I try to read it when no one else is listening, which usually means 1 AM, when no one else in my house is awake.
The rest of my family is going away tomorrow, so perhaps I’ll actually get some peace and quiet around here. My uncle is coming to look after me, since my parents think I can’t take care of myself. But at least he’ll have more respect for me than my mother and sister do.
I’ll now read either Karl Sabbagh’s book on the Riemann Hypothesis, which contains no math unfortunately, or Calculus on Manifolds, which has lots of math. It depends how ambitious I feel.