Congratulations again to the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search for the discovery of a 41st Mersenne prime. 2^24036583-1 is prime. It was amusing sending people instant messages that said nothing but “41” to see what their reactions would be. Apparently other people knew about it a few days ago, but the email didn’t reach me until today.

My graduate analysis final is way too easy. There aren’t any questions on Fredholm theory, which was the most interesting topic covered this quarter, in my opinion. At least I can use the time I would have spent working on the final packing and doing differential geometry qualifying exams.

I have a concert tomorrow with the UCSB Symphony Orchestra. We will be playing Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony #6, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #1, and Davis’s Critical Mass.

I’ll be home in under three days from now, but those days will be quite hectic.


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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3 Responses to 41

  1. rippledance says:

    *grins* Yay. More primes.

  2. What sort of a name is “Critical Mass”? Is it actually a mass? That sounds exciting.

    • Simon says:

      I don’t know why he decided to call it that. We tend to refer to the piece as Critical Mess since it sounds more like a mess than a mass.

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