This quarter has been going pretty well. Algebra is amazing so far. I’m not sure why, but I’m having a great time with it. I feel more comfortable with the material than I ever have before with abstract algebra.
I’m coping a bit better with my excessive free time now. I got the first two volumes of the Princeton Lectures in Analysis series on apix‘s recommendation. It’s amazing how easy these books are to read given that they cover such advanced material. I usually go upstairs to the lounge several times a day to read a section. I tend to get very strange comments since I like to read aloud most of the time. I figure I don’t really understand the material unless I am able to make sense of everything without paper. (Of course, this doesn’t apply when I’m solving problems.)
There’s an AMS section conference at UCSB next weekend. I’m excited about that even though I probably won’t understand anything.