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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“Profit Doubles at G.M., as It Strives to Move Past Its Litany of Recalls”: General Motors’ quarterly earnings report on Thursday was noteworthy mostly for what it lacked: another big financial charge for safety recalls. After running up special charges of nearly $3 billion in the first half of the year for safety problems, G.M., […]
My Ph.D. student Silas Johnson just posted his thesis paper to the arXiv, and it’s cool, and I’m going to blog about it! How should you count number fields? The most natural way is by discriminant; you count all degree-n number fields K with a given Galois group G in S_n and discriminant bounded in […]
Scott Walker’s opponent takes on the WEDC: BURKE: One other area outside of that that people really should take a look at is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which was a nonprofit, public-private corporation created in 2011 which Governor Walker used to make himself the chair of. What’s most interesting is that Governor Walker’s experience […]
As here (from Hereditary Genius, p. 21) Every tutor knows how difficult it is to drive abstract conceptions, even of the simplest kind, into the brains of most people—how feeble and hesitating is their mental grasp—how easily their brains are mazed—how incapable they are of precision and soundness of knowledge. It often occurs to persons familiar with […]
These are the names that are freaking me out, Verlander, Scherzer, and Price, Plaguing my Oriole fandom with doubt, Verlander, Scherzer and Price. A trio of felines, bringing the heat, Verlander, Scherzer, and Price, Are these guys that a team writing “Ryan Flaherty” and “Jonathan Schoop” on the lineup card every day actually has a […]
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