The last few days have been generally good except for not being able to complete an involved computation about annihilators of modules over a noncommutative ring. But, as my advisor said, that’s life in mathematics, so I had better get used to it!
The math department has made the fantastic (at least for me) decision to allow undergraduates to request graduate classes starting next year. I requested functions of several complex variables, but I doubt I’ll get it. But various other classes I’d be interested in taking, such as advanced combinatorics, analytic number theory, operator theory, and algebraic geometry were requested as well and are reasonably likely to be offered.
The functional analysis seminar begins tomorrow. I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job of understanding the stuff we were assigned to read, at least as far as I have read. It’s rather unlikely that we’ll get to the Hahn-Banach Theorem on the first day when some people might not know what a Banach space is at all until they get there. It’s quite likely that I’ll end up presenting it next week though.