Wednesday, April 18, 2018

final exam schedule (all classes)

honors 10am, may 2
honors 11am, may 4
honors, interamerican, may 2
t,r 8:25am, may 3
t,r 11:15am, may 3
t 5:40pm, may 1

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

professor ed frenkel discusses professor langland's contributions to mathematics

i know that some of the stuff we do in class is "out-there" and sometimes you resist it. well, here is a great russian mathematician, ed frenkel, from UC Berkley talking about professor langland's contributions to mathematics. check 7:30, when frenken presents the question: if there are aliens, would they use the same mathematics we use? or 10:48, where he hypothesizes how numbers are tied to our practical human tasks (supposing aliens had tasks). this is a great lecture for all of you, not only math enthusiasts! here is professor frenkel's personal website.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

the "nobel" prize in mathematics goes to...

(there's no Nobel for math, but the Abel Prize is kind of a Nobel). in any case, the winner is  Professor Robert Langlands, from Princeton, (I would've given anything to be his student). Read this Langland's interview.

also, we have the biggest prime so far: 274,207,281 − 1

a propos of primes (the bread and butter of number theory), three students of my 2016 honors class approached me with this question: are there infinite more prime numbers than composite numbers?

Find my sketched proof here.