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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My 20th Harvard reunion book is in hand, offering a social snapshot of a certain educationally (and mostly financially) elite slice of the US population. Here is what Harvard alums name their kids. These are chosen by alphabetical order of surname from one segment of the book. Most of these children are born between 2003 […]
I was just in Chicago for a conference, and, having always meant to go to a highly touted experimental restaurant in the Chicago style, made a reservation — sorry, I mean “got tickets” — for EL Ideas. To get this out of the way first — yes, the food was good. Very, very good. But […]
Matthew Hankins and others on Twitter are making fun of scientists who twist themselves up lexically in order to report results that fail the significance test, using phrases like “approached but did not quite achieve significance” and “only just insignificant” and “tantalisingly close to significance.” But I think this fun-making is somewhat misplaced! We should […]
I liked this MathOverflow question, which asks: are there two non-isogenous elliptic curves over Q, each one of which has a rational cyclic 13-isogeny, and such that the kernels of the two isogenies are isomorphic as Galois modules? This is precisely to look for rational points on the modular surface S parametrizing pairs (E,E’,C,C’,φ), where […]
On the spur of the moment I took CJ and AB to see the Madison Radicals, the local francise of the brand-new American Ultimate Disc League, which is apparently one of two competing leagues vying to make pro ultimate a mainstream US sport. Six bucks a ticket, kids get in free. There were at least […]
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