Posts Categorized: rants

  • geometry, personal, rants, representations

    Stirring a cup of coffee

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    Please allow for a couple of end-of-semester bluesy ramblings. I just finished grading the final test of the last of five courses I lectured this semester. Most of them went, I believe, rather well. As always, it was fun to teach an introductory group theory course to second year physics students. Personally, I did enjoy… Read more »

  • number theory, rants

    Je (ne) suis (pas) Mochizuki

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    Apologies to Joachim Roncin, the guy who invented the slogan “Je suis Charlie”, for this silly abuse of his logo: I had hoped the G+ post below of end december would have been the last I had to say on this (non)issue: (btw. embedded G+-post below, not visible in feeds) A quick recap : –… Read more »

  • rants, stories

    what have quivers done to students?

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    A few years ago a student entered my office asking suggestions for his master thesis. “I’m open to any topic as long as it has nothing to do with those silly quivers!” At that time not the best of opening-lines to address me and, inevitably, the most disastrous teacher-student-conversation-ever followed (also on my part, i’m… Read more »

  • rants, stories

    wankers

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    You may not have noticed, but I’m in a foul mood for weeks now because of comments and reactions to the last line of the post on Finding Moonshine. I wrote Du Sautoy is a softy! I’d throw such students out of the window… and got everyone against me for this (first floor) defenestration threat…… Read more »