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I started packing today (finally). I have most of the books packed. It’s quite depressing packing books since I will have to leave so many behind. The authors worked hard to write these books, and they are good books. Who am I to say that these books aren’t good enough to come with me? I have sort of convinced myself that I don’t need books of AHSME and AIME problems since I’ll never be able to take tha AMC12 or the AIME again. But how can I say that Concepts of Modern Mathematics by Ian Stewart or Foundations and Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics by Howard Eves shouldn’t come with me? I think I should pack them even though they aren’t on my list. But then what about Greenberg’s classic book on Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry? At least I had the sense to take all my Coxeter books with me. I think I’d really regret not taking them. I imagine I’ll come take a few more boxes of books with me after I return at Thanksgiving or whenever I next go back home.

The Math Jam went quite well I think. Unfortunately we only had enough time to get through 3 problems, and even those three took over an hour and a half. We had planned to do 4. The problems are above level 5 though, in my opinion. Maybe level 7 or so would be reasonable.

I found a lot of neat LJ communities today. Yay!


About Simon

Hi. I'm Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo. I'm a mathematics postdoc at Dartmouth College. I'm also a musician; I play piano and cello, and I also sometimes compose music and study musicology. I also like to play chess and write calligraphy. This blog is a catalogue of some of my thoughts. I write them down so that I understand them better. But sometimes other people find them interesting as well, so I happily share them with my small corner of the world.
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5 Responses to Next Post

  1. blenrock says:

    Leaving books behind was hard. I only have a few with me. Fortunately, I get to buy lots more in a few days. =)

  2. intrepia says:

    Colleges = big libraries + expensive textbooks.

    • Simon says:

      In theory I know that, but in practice I have all these books that I feel should be coming with me.

      • intrepia says:

        I know what you mean… it’s strange only having a dozen or so books (apart from textbooks for my classes) on hand instead of shelves and shelves of them, even though I know there’s an enormous building filled with books nearby.

        • Simon says:

          It’s not a dozen for me. I put 21 on my list at first and then added 6 (I think) more, and then I stuck a few more in my boxes. Still, I’m used to having 500 or so books in my room and then a few thousand more throughout the house.

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