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 working in Memorial Library yesterday. Whenever I’m over there, I like to pull a book off the shelf and look at it. (E.G.) I feel I have some kind of duty to the books — there are so many which will never be taken off the shelf again! Anyway, there has never been […]
From Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers: I realized I’d been wrong. She was not the pedigreed rich. He was and she was not. Sometimes all the information is there in the first five minutes, laid out for inspection. Then it goes away, gets suppressed as a matter of pragmatism. It’s too much to know a lot about […]
It’s well known that UW-Madison salaries are notably lower than those at peer institutions, at every level of seniority. But wait, says Chris Rickert in the Wisconsin State Journal, that doesn’t necessarily mean our faculty is underpaid! At UW-Madison, assistants are paid, on average, about $82,000 a year, associates about $93,000 and full professors about […]
Balazs Strenner, a Ph.D. student of Richard Kent graduating this year, gave a beautiful talk yesterday in our geometry/topology seminar about his recent paper with Hyunshik Shin. (He’s at the Institute next year but if you’re looking for a postdoc after that…!) A long time ago, Robert Penner showed how to produce a whole semigroup […]
From today’s NYT: But even if Hyundai is eventually forced to pay the full amount of the damages, the punishment could be substantially reduced through a tax loophole that permits the company to save millions of dollars by deducting any court-ordered punitive damages as an ordinary business expense. The result, critics say, is that taxpayers […]
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