July 16, 2017
Monica was my last masters student at Boise State, completing her thesis in December 2015, while I was already at Mathematical Reviews. My colleague at Boise State Zach Teitler coadvised her for the last few months. The following picture is from graduation day.
Monica’s thesis, The classical theory of rearrangements, discusses Riemann’s famous rearrangement theorem for conditionally convergent series of real numbers, prior results, and some extensions and related topics. This previous blog post discusses some of these.
February 10, 2011
This is from an actual refereed journal, “Journal of applied behavior analysis”, vol 7 (3), 1974, pg. 497. By Dennis Upper.
The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of “Writer’s block”
November 16, 2010
A must read (but depressing) article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Shadow Scholar. The man who writes your students’ papers tells his story. By “Ed Dante”.
From my experience, three demographic groups seek out my services: the English-as-second-language student; the hopelessly deficient student; and the lazy rich kid.
For the last, colleges are a perfect launching ground—they are built to reward the rich and to forgive them their laziness. Let’s be honest: The successful among us are not always the best and the brightest, and certainly not the most ethical. My favorite customers are those with an unlimited supply of money and no shortage of instructions on how they would like to see their work executed. While the deficient student will generally not know how to ask for what he wants until he doesn’t get it, the lazy rich student will know exactly what he wants. He is poised for a life of paying others and telling them what to do. Indeed, he is acquiring all the skills he needs to stay on top.
The 75-page paper on business ethics ultimately expanded into a 160-page graduate thesis, every word of which was written by me.
Edit: The article has been commented at the always interesting Making Light. Here is the link, read the comments.
September 13, 2010
This thing of beauty was my Father’s day gift this June. The gigantic poster is in my office at home.
Besides its being obviously intimidating and fun, it adds to my usual angst with an odd sense of responsibility. Here is a link to The Mathematics Genealogy Project.
August 27, 2010
As a mathematician, this was a relatively eventful Summer.
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