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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From Maria Konnikova’s New Yorker piece on Randall Munroe and what makes science interesting: In a meta-analysis of sixty-six studies tracking interests over time (the average study followed subjects for seven years), psychologists from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign found that our interests in adolescence had only a point-five correlation with our interests later […]
Jed Perl opposes Jeff Koons: The sculptures and paintings of this fifty-nine-year-old artist are so meticulously, mechanically polished and groomed that they rebuff any attempt to look at them, much less feel anything about them. But four paragraphs later: Koons knows how to capitalize on the guilty pleasure that the museumgoing public takes in all […]
Lately CJ has a habit of ending every story he tells by saying “So… yeah.” I first noticed it this summer, so I think he picked it up from his camp counselors. What does it mean? I tend to read it as something like “I have told my story — what conclusions can we draw […]
I hope the world never runs out of awesome Earl Weaver stories. I saw Earl Weaver put on a suicide squeeze bunt, in Milwaukee. It worked. Everybody asked him, ‘Wait, we thought you told us you didn’t even have a sign for a suicide squeeze, because you hated it so much.’ Earl said, ‘I still […]
49 home runs! That’s nuts. They hit more triples than home runs. Their home run leader was Jose Cruz, who hit 9. In September they went 20 straight games without hitting a home run, the longest such streak in modern baseball. And that was after they went 15 games without hitting a rome run in […]
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