Monthly Archives: December 2005


One of my favorite articles in Notices of the AMS is the “What is…” column. Curiously, January’s topic is quantum groups. This is interesting to me because I have a class on quantum groups in the winter and am somewhat … Continue reading

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Arithmetic Progressions and Additive Number Theory


I ought to get something serious done over the break, so I would like to read through the proof of the theorem about primes in arithmetic progressions. But it seems it might make more sense to start with a proof … Continue reading

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Somehow my mother managed to convince me to get a plane ticket home for today after failing to convince me to take Amtrak. I just can’t bring myself to go through another horrible Amtrak excursion. It’s not healthy for me. … Continue reading

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Finals week is supposed to be stressful, so why isn’t it?


The quarter is drawing nearer to its conclusion. I have one last final at 10, and it would probably be a good idea to hand in my differential geometry final at some point today, but that has already been completed … Continue reading

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The Flight of the Bumblebee


Actually in this case it’s the honeybee, but that’s beside the point. Not infrequently, people make comments about scientists having shown that bees cannot fly. But in fact bees do fly; I have seen them do so personally. But now, … Continue reading

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Classes for the quarter are finally over, and the only things that remain in the quarter are the Putnam (tomorrow) and some finals which seem like mere formalities. Strangely, the class on noncommutative ring theory, which I thought wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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