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How to Survive in Your Native Land,
Speaking of How to Survive in Your Native Land, here’s a beautiful remark from that book, where the author is describing his colleague, Frank, teaching his students to diagram [...]
Thesis and conference
Last Thursday, I defended my thesis. The process was challenging, in that I have a tendency to be casual with certain details, and in this context I was called to task over each one of these. Most unexpected was being caught about a [...]
Why so few posts of late?… a thesis synopsis
Perhaps you’ve noticed the dearth of blogging lately here at mathforlove. Here’s the story: I’m defending my thesis—“On the Number of FM Partners of a K3 Surface”—this Thursday afternoon, so at the moment, I’m ensconced in [...]
New Blog From an Old Colleague
Avery Pickford is a teacher I used to work with. He regularly beat me at scrabble (and I’m pretty formidable in most crowds), and he taught me ultimate tic-tac-toe, where you add a box after every turn, and need to get four in a row to [...]
The End of Strogatz’s Series in the Times
Link: The End of Strogatz’s Series in the Times It’s been a nice run, and tremendously well received. Here’s the last installment of Steve Strogatz’s New York Times math articles. This one actually tries to prove that there are [...]
Addendum to post on a free education
Link: Addendum to post on a free education I just found this effort to use TED talks as high school curriculum. Nice idea.
Why do we keep paying for what’s free?
Matt Damon said it first, in Good Will Hunting: one day, you’re going to realize that “You dropped 150 grand on a $%*#ing education you could have got for $1.50 in late charges at the public library.” Here’s the paradox of [...]
I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, but I’ve decided to start teaching the art of inquiry to everyone I tutor. Step 1: all my private students will have the homework of bringing in a question to every tutoring session. I’ve run [...]
Accolades and Puzzles
Math for Love just made the list of 50 best blogs for math majors! In honor of that, I’m going to point to one of the other blogs listed there, which I expected not to like, but actually found pretty fun: MAA MinuteMath. When I see the [...]
My Advisor and His Wife
Link: My Advisor and His Wife They always seemed like a great couple to me, and I can’t resist referring to this article on the two of them. The artist and the mathematician: both tapped in to the creative process. They also believe that [...]
Zen in the Art of Underlining
My father, were he alive, would have turned 67 this week. He died in 1999 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. One of the treasures he left behind, or rather, collection of treasures, were his books. I just finished one of these books, called [...]