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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I was only able to get to two days of the arithmetic statistics workshop in Montreal, but it was really enjoyable! And a pleasure to see that so many strong students are interested in working on this family of problems. I arrived to late to hear Bjorn Poonen’s talk, where he made kind of a […]
They showed it during TEDxMadison. Here’s what struck me. She talked a lot about art, a lot about selflessness, a lot about performance. Many forceful moments. But there was only one point at the talk where the audience stopped her with a wave of applause, and that was when she put up a slide referring […]
I gave a TED talk! OK, not exactly — I gave a TEDx talk, which is the locally organized, non-branded version, but same idea. 18 minutes or less, somewhat sloganistic, a flavor of self-improvement and inspiration. I was skeptical of the format. 18 minutes! How can you do anything? You can really just say one thing. […]
Review up at the Boston Globe: If the feel of sand between your toes gets you thinking about Zeno’s Paradox or Pascal’s Wager, Ellenberg’s book is ideal beach reading. But even if your interests lie elsewhere, you may find it a challenging but welcome companion. at NewCity Lit: To the mathematician, math is a curious […]
In the Wall Street Journal this weekend I define a new metric aimed at identifying books people are buying but not reading. How can we find today’s greatest non-reads? Amazon’s “Popular Highlights” feature provides one quick and dirty measure. Every book’s Kindle page lists the five passages most highlighted by readers. If every reader is […]
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