Monthly Archives: October 2004

Music in TeX?


Well, I think we proved the min-max theorem for complex symmetric operators yesterday. Tomorrow we’ll bring it to Putinar and see what he thinks of it. Perhaps we can do math after all. Yesterday was the beginning of my pass … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Life generally continues to be quite good for me. Putinar expects us to have a paper on an analogue of the min-max theorem ready to be published by the end of the quarter. That is very exciting for me. Then … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Random spiel on the history of mathematics as I see it


It occurred to me this morning that the state of affairs in mathematics is very strange. A famous problem that goes unsolved for a long time often becomes a simple exercise to a future generation. The three Greek problems (squaring … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Climax


My life is going very well at the moment. All my classes are good except when we talk about “math” in tuning and temperament. I had my first meeting with the Yiddish professor on Tuesday. I had done a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The first day of the conference was great fun. There were three invited speakers yesterday: Ron Graham, Susan Holmes, and Arthur Benjamin, and all of them were terrific. Graham (not Ron Graham, but a UCSB student) got an opportunity to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello from the Silver State


I’m now in Las Vegas, as of something like 1:00 this morning. The conference doesn’t start until noon, so I have a bit of time to kill now. The city scares me a bit. It’s so bright and illuminated, and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Writing fourth species is not much fun. It’s especially not much fun when the cantus firmus has a 4-note descending sequence and we can only use 3-note descending sequences. I have managed to write three out of twelve without breaking … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments