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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Former Republican Congressional candidate and current UW-Madison history professor John Sharpless stands up for us against the Governor: He said he arrives no later than 9 a.m. and leaves no earlier than 5 p.m. During that time, he said he’s either teaching, preparing lectures, doing research, attending required committee meetings, advising students and managing teaching […]
Obama flip-flops faster than I can blog! Prezzo has already walked back his proposal to change the 529 college-saving tax break, but I have a post about it queued up, and by gum I’m gonna publish it. Here’s the plan that just got shelved. From now on, capital gains on contributions you stow in a 529 plan […]
Last summer when I was at my Grandma Sylvia’s house in Tucson I copied out a handwritten letter her father, Jack Sussman, had written to her and her husband. Here it is, for safekeeping. Misspellings from the original. My grandfather (also named Jack) had asthma, which is why they had moved to Tucson while my great-grandparents […]
Erin Clune, the feistiest blogger in Madison, goes off very satisfyingly on William Giraldi, who wrote in the Baffler about drinking away his paternity leave while his wife took care of their kid. Not in a “why am I such a worthless loser” kind of way. More of a “paternity leave is a scam because […]
Another Joint Meetings in the books! My first time in San Antonio, until last weekend the largest US city I’d never been to. (Next up: Jacksonville.) A few highlights: Ngoc Tran, a postdoc at Austin, talked about zeroes of random tropical polynomials. She’s proved that a random univariate tropical polynomial of degree n has about […]
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