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 more than he had expected me to do, whereas I thought he might have expected that I had done more than I had done.
Putinar summarized Takagi’s 1925 paper in the functional analysis seminar on Wednesday. I hardly understood anything, but fortunately he didn’t expect poor, confused undergraduates to understand much. He promised that he’ll give a more understandable talk next Wednesday. Jeff, David Baker, and I went through some stuff on complex symmetric matrices today to prepare for the research we will soon be doing. It’s tough stuff, and I’ll be delighted if we’re able to do anything serious with it. I’m delighted about the prospects of doing research. I don’t think I have been happier for an extended period of time for years. This is what mathematics (and life in general) is for. I’m thrilled that I get to participate.