The crisp leaves as I waited for the Dinky. Atiyah-Macdonald light in my hand. That was the fall I became intoxicated with power as I shrank open sets to points and revealed the structure of the universe. By the holidays I’d acquired the whole set of moves. Cracking the nut of a Noetherian ring. Folding and unfolding integral extensions. Localizing to a point with a gimlet eye. Flipping from rings to spaces, spaces to rings, with the ease of Evert working the baseline.
Math 215A. Commutative Algebra. James Cameron. Not that James Cameron, but just as life-changing.
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He eschews job offers from prestigious East Coast institutions in favor of a relaxed, no-drama department in a place where he can enjoy the weather. — NYT on Terry Tao
Number theorist questions algebraist’s notation.
French mathematician writes paper in French.
Seminar speaker has not stated theorem with 5 minutes remaining.
Geometer attends statistics talk.
Blackboard erasers disappear. Reappear after cleaning.
Colloquium speaker is a vegetarian.
Probabilist volunteers to teach analysis.
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The great alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman died on June 11. He had a uniquely emotional style, partly from his background in rhythm and blues, and partly from his willingness to play notes away from any fixed scale. His 1982 album Of Human Feelings is a rich combination of jazz and pop/funk. But the piece to remember him by has to be his magnificent 1959 dirge Lonely Woman.
Photo ©William Claxton.
This week Town Topics asked Princetonians on the street to name their favorite Christmas movies. The results were infuriatingly dull. As a public service, here is a list of the favorite Christmas movies in my household.
The Thin Man
Remember the Night
Christmas in July
Enemy of the State
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
My Night at Maud’s
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The Manifold Atlas Project has been launched. See it here.
I don’t know whether I’ll write about it, but my favorite space is the projective plane blown up at nine points.