I would tell you what I wrote my thesis on, but the eight people who would give a fuck aren’t in the room.

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I would tell you what I wrote my thesis on, but the eight people who would give a fuck aren’t in the room.

You’re bleeding? On the floor? Who told you you could bleed in my class? Are proofs by induction really that painful?

Please come to this class next week. I made a bet that this wouldn’t scare off more than half of you, and I want to win that beer!

Differential Topology TA: Did you talk about manifolds with boundary in class?

Student: No.

TA: Well, a manifold with a boundary is like a manifold, but with a boundary.

Complex analysis – the perfect subject for combining visual and analytic thinking. I just read “Visual Complex Analysis” by Tristan Needham, a basic book on complex analysis: lots of historical references, uncompromising explanations, lots of problem solving and plenty of beautiful illustrations!

I have this book. It is very good.

“If you want a property for 3-manifolds, check it 1 dimension lower. It’s either easy or false.”

– *Topology professor*

I’m substituting for a 9th- and 10th-grade math teacher, and she has a number of neat posters on her wall, ranging from the application of mathematics to robotics, to its role in black hole physics, to its cultural impact on the NBA.

Here’s the description of the poster set, which comes from the AMS:

The

Mathematical Momentsprogram promotes appreciation and understanding of the role mathematics plays in science, nature, technology, and human culture.

The AMS has many, many more online, many of which are accompanied by podcasts, shorter versions, and translations into a variety of languages. Pictured are:

- Making Art Work
- Adding a New Wrinkle
- Going Back to the Beginning
- Being Knotty
- Making Bail Better
- Thinking Outside the Box Score
- Going Over the Top
- Making an Attitude Adjustment
- Finding Friends
- Explaining Rainbows

Check them out and enjoy!