Monthly Archives: February 2004

This past week has not been a happy one for me. On Monday I received an email saying that I had not been selected for campus housing for next year. At that point, I had no idea whether David and … Continue reading

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I hate people who can’t honor commitments that they make. How hard is it for a person to schedule a meeting that it is possible to attend? It should be very easy. Unfortunately, it seems that some people are completely … Continue reading

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Gallian, Functional Analysis, and Elementary Probability

Gallian was terrific, as I had expected. He talked about Hamiltonian cycles on a torus. I was able to understand it, which is more than I can say about some of the other talks I have attended. I’m still not … Continue reading

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I don’t understand why we had no homework for the first half of real analysis this quarter and three problems last week but twelve this week. And they’re all about Banach spaces, which seem really boring to me at the … Continue reading

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I now have six more math books in my room than I did yesterday. I’m so bad at resisting temptation when it comes to books. (I only had to buy two of the books, and of those two, one will … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

I was extemely saddened and shocked to learn yesterday that my piano teacher in high school, Ms. Eleanore Joyce Rae, passed away on November 7, 2003. On Saturday, exactly three months after her death, a concert was held in her … Continue reading

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Wow. pi_1(S^1)=Z is an amazingly deep theorem. We proved the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, the Brouwer Fixed Point Theorem, and the Borsak-Ulam Theorem from it on Thursday. That was fun. On Friday, we had our first performance of Gilbert and … Continue reading

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