I’m getting bored of this quarter, and now I just wish it would end. Things don’t seem to be working out very well for me at the time being. The “proof” of the min-max “theorem” is flawed to the point that the result is probably not true. I suppose that’s the way research goes. As Julia Robinson put it, “Monday: tried to prove theorem, Tuesday: tried to prove theorem, Wednesday: tried to prove theorem, Thursday: tried to prove theorem, Friday: theorem false.” Anyway, it’s discouraging.

Once again, I’m having computer troubles. Yesterday, my computer kept shutting down when I was using it with no warninig at all. I think the CPU was getting too hot. After that happened a few times, my internet access disappeared, and, as far as I know, it’s still gone. What would I do without the wireless network in CCS?

For once, I had an opportunity to do something moderately interesting in tuning and temperament. He said that 53 fifths make a pretty good octave, but he couldn’t remember which other numbers were also good. Well, I wasn’t about to pass up that opportunity to solve a problem, so I worked out a couple terms of the continued fraction of log(2)/log(3/2) and figured out that 306 fifths and especially 665 fifths are also good octaves. I showed my work to him after class, and he at least appeared to be interested.

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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.

I think you mean Julia

Robinson. Julia Robertson would be an interesting linear combination of characters.I think you mean

Julia Robinson. Julia Robertson would be an interesting linear combination of characters. (Grrr… TEX is making me mess up the slashes in my HTML.)Hm you’re right. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Did you scan your computer for viruses?

I’m hoping I’m better at theoretical computer science than I am at algebra.