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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Some good pre-publication reviews are coming in! From Kirkus: Witty and expansive, Ellenberg’s math will leave readers informed, intrigued and armed with plenty of impressive conversation starters. And Booklist (not available online, unfortunately:) Relying on remarkably few technical formulas, Ellenberg writes with humor and verve as he repeatedly demonstrates that mathematics simply extends common sense. He manages to […]
The other night I dreamed I was going into a coffeeshop and Seth Rogen was sitting at an outside table eating a salad. He was wearing a jeans jacket and his skin was sort of bad. I have always admired Rogen’s work so I screwed up my courage, went up to his table and said […]
Lots of good stuff happening in math blogging! Matt Baker is blogging! Lately: an appreciation of Robert Coleman, and Riemann-Roch for graphs. Frank Calegari is blogging! Actually he’s been blogging for a while but there’s tons of good stuff on here lately. Two recent posts that tie in closely with my own interests: The congruence […]
I have no direct reason to need the answer to, but have wondered about, the following question. We say a set of points in are in general position if the Hilbert function of any subset S of the points is equal to the Hilbert function of a generic set of points in . In other […]
From a recent xkcd: But kids, it’s not true! I was here before there was Internet, and I can tell you, people were not bored more often than they are now, and the boredom was not of a finer and more concentrated quality. The mouse-over text says, in an incredulous tone, “We watched DAYTIME TV. […]
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