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And on Wednesdays I question my sanity

Saturday, 26 Sep 2015 | Views [286]

I'd succeeded in changing my TD section, though it didn't feel like a terribly dramatic change. It was the same day of the week, same time, same building, and even the same floor. Basically, everything was the same except that the professor was different ... Read more >

Tags: music, pastries, russian, topology

For all the things you're losing, you might as well resign yourself to trying to make a change

Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | Views [233]

It seems like every trip I take comes with its own set of challenges and concerns. As the departure day draws nearer, those start to seem more important, or even insurmountable. Until it's almost time to go, and there's a large part of me that wants ... Read more >

Tags: goodbyes, pre-departure

Photos: France

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | Photo Gallery

Semester Abroad in Paris
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Waiting. Waiting and Conversation

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | Views [277]

One of the most fun parts of studying abroad for an entire semester is when, before you leave, you need to apply for a student visa. In fact, in my semester abroad experinence, it is ranked about third- somewhere between applying for the program and ... Read more >

Tags: forms, letters, visa, waiting

The Next Four Weeks

Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | Views [289]

At the beginning of the blog, I gave the schedule and admitted that I had no idea what the last four weeks would look like, but could only assume it was all research all the time. Then I got through the first three weeks and stopped updating the blog.... Read more >

Tags: dgvf, endings, games, homology, math, programming

Ready for the Weekend

Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | Views [397]

On Friday night, we took advantage of our new key priviliges to go into the guy's dorm without waiting outside for someone to let us in. Since I'd been the one to ask Dr. Aktar, he'd e-mailed me (and no one else) to tell us that it should work now, so ... Read more >

Tags: dresses, math, movies, walk

Time Flies When You're Doing Research

Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | Views [342]

Thursday was the last day of the algebra short course. We finished up our cursury discussion of category theory with a couple of examples and theorems, and Dr. Aktar asked if we had any other questions. Angelo wanted to hear more about tensor products ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, dgvf, keys, math, set theory

The Revenge of the Projects

Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 | Views [386]

During dinner on Tuesday, Dr. Farley made a comment about how he wanted to resurrect the original problem. (You know, theo one about generalizing procedures from two generators to more which mostly consisteted of cutting up and rearranging squares.) ... Read more >

Tags: dgvf, math, thompson group t

Modules on a Tuesday

Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | Views [345]

In the algebra short course, we continued our discussion about modules before moving on to category theory. Along the way, Professsor Aktar took a detour to talk a bit about motivation for some of these ideas and definitions. This brought us to homology, ... Read more >

Tags: advice, analysis, dgvf, math, thompson group t

Monday Again

Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | Views [276]

During analysis, we moved on to measurable functions on an arbitrary measurable space. It was almost entirely new material, but there were some concepts, like lim sup and lim inf that I'd encountered in my full semester undergraduate, which came as a ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, homology, math, thompson group

Sunday Math

Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | Views [256]

On Sunday, it was time to actually do math again. In the early afternoon, we met up in the lounge to look at the problem that Dr. Farley had given us over the weekend. (By which I mean 10 o'clock the night before.) It was a three part problem, though ... Read more >

Tags: math, movie, music

Saturday Explorations

Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | Views [256]

Saturday was, by most measures, a fairly dull day. I wandered around campus for a while in the early afternoon. This led to several kinds of interesting discoveries, ranging from cool to creepy. “Cool” describes the formal gardens.They ... Read more >

Tags: gardens, music, puzzle, walking

It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Attacked by a Dog

Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | Views [346]

So I realized that my write-ups tend to end shortly after class. Which isn't really intentional, I just run out of energy after finishing describing all of the time I spent in math classes. (I run out of energy after all the time I spend in math classes ... Read more >

Tags: chance, food, games, music

Another Week Down

Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 | Views [234]

Friday's class began with a definition of simplicial complexes. I knew a little bit about them from the presentation one of my classmates had given at the end of last semester. However, in his presentation, he'd jumped right into the realization instead ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, diagram groups, homology, math

Having Fun Isn't Hard When You Have Your Library Card

Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 | Views [370]

Thursday was the algebra short course. As with analysis, we were moving on to more advanced material that we might encounter in more detail in a graduate course. It began with a description of Zorn's Lemma, and an application to prove that every proper ... Read more >

Tags: abstract algebra, diagram, library, math, trees

The Return of Project 1

Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Views [250]

On Wednesday, we got started an hour earlier than normal with a conversation with Dr. Phillips. He asked us a number of questions about our experiences so far at SUMSRI. Some of them we were able to answer easily and helpfully, (“What would you ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, math, topology

And I Wished on Every Single Day, Before I Let it Go

Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | Views [266] | Comments [1]

Tuesday began with the algebra short course. We'd pretty much finished up with groups last Thursday, so we started in on rings. So in about a week, we'd skimmed through the material covered in my Abstract 1 class and were moving on to Abstract 2. It ... Read more >

Tags: abstract algebra, fireflies, graphs, loops, math

On a Monday Morning

Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | Views [322] | Comments [1]

No one really wanted to get up for analysis on Monday morning. I woke up with my alarm at 7, decided it wasn't happeing, added half an hour to my alarm clock, and fell back asleep. For the first time all program, Dana did not wake up before her alarm ... Read more >

Tags: abstract algebra, analysis, library, math

It's Not Always Math

Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | Views [266]

Though we might all be math majors voluntarily spending our summer at a university for research, none of us wanted to have a review session on Friday night. I mean, a review session was probably necessary, since the example from earlier in the day hadn't ... Read more >

Tags: artichoke, cookies, games, library, playground

One Week Down

Saturday, 13 Jun 2015 | Views [334]

Today began the same way Wednesday did. Witth breakfast (my breakfast habits get very fixed very quickly. Pretty much every morning it's been coffee and a muffin, usually chocolate chip) and then resarch seminar. (Beginning the morning with coffee, ... Read more >

Tags: analysis, groups, math, reflection, topology

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