I'm a math professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The purpose of this blog is to record interesting things I read, see, eat, hear, or otherwise encounter. My professional page is here. I wrote a novel called The Grasshopper King , which was published in 2003 by Coffee House Press.
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49 home runs! That’s nuts. They hit more triples than home runs. Their home run leader was Jose Cruz, who hit 9. In September they went 20 straight games without hitting a home run, the longest such streak in modern baseball. And that was after they went 15 games without hitting a rome run in […]
One of the things I’ve been spending a lot of time on mathematically is problems around representation stability and “FI-modules,” joint with Tom Church, Benson Farb, and Rohit Nagpal. Benson just talked about this stuff at the ICM, and here it is: In the latest stable representation theory news, Andy Putman and (new Wisconsin assistant professor!) Steven […]
I thought of one more small thing, concerning the last scene. People made fun of that last scene where they take shrooms and go hiking in Big Bend. But I liked this last scene. It captures that feeling that, on the one hand, the past is past, but on the other hand, the past is always […]
Emmanuel Breuillard is in Korea talking at the ICM; here’s his paper, a very beautiful survey of uniformity results for growth in groups, by himself and others, and of the many open questions that remain. He starts with the following lovely observation, which was apparently in a 2007 paper of his but which I was unaware […]
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is certainly the best movie I’ve seen this year, likely the best movie I’ll see this year. But I don’t see a lot of movies. After the spoiler bar, some notes on this one. I meant to write this right after I saw it, but got busy, so no doubt I’ve forgotten some […]
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