The Unapologetic Mathematician

Mathematics for the interested outsider

New Blaths

Here are a couple new blaths (I’m going to popularize that term if it kills me) to hit the intarwobs. First off is the latest Fields-Medalist-cum-blatherer, Timothy Gowers.

More interesting to me is Rigorous Trivialities, which is being sporadically written by a new graduate student at UPenn. I wonder if Isabel put him up to it. Either way, this means we’re only one seminar invitation from having three Ivy-league-educated math bloggers in one room (hint, hint).


September 12, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I didn’t put him up to it, although I do seem to recall that the fact that mathematical blogs exist came up in conversation.

    Comment by Isabel | September 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. I was actually inspired by Greg from the Everything Seminar when I met him over the summer. And strictly speaking, there’s three of us running Rigorous Trivialities, the other two just haven’t had the time to put together any posts.

    Comment by Charles | September 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. So, Charles, who are the other two? More UPenn grad students? Do post it back here for an Unapologetic Mathematician exclusive 😀

    Comment by John Armstrong | September 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. Nope, a first year at Chicago and a second year at Stonybrook. The former I did an REU with, the latter I did undergrad. I’m currently prodding the other two to start posting, including their own introductory posts. The one from Stonybrook should be starting by the end of next week. Here’s hoping!

    Comment by Charles | September 13, 2007 | Reply

  5. So what was the REU on? The polynomial knots? And where was undergrad?

    Comment by John Armstrong | September 13, 2007 | Reply

  6. Undergrad was at Rutgers, and the REU was on the polynomial knots. Got to work with Alan Durfee and Don O’Shea up at Mt. Holyoke, which was great. The polynomial knots are something I keep coming back to, I have this nagging feeling that there’s something really cool lurking around there, but that I don’t know enough to identify it, so at the least I try to make others aware of it.

    Comment by Charles | September 13, 2007 | Reply

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