A Field Guide to Mathematics

Stories about mathematics, students, professors, mathematicians, abstract nonsense, research, papers, publishing, and academia.

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Clopen Concept

As many other young couples, when my wife and I looked for our first home, we were obsessed with the idea of an “open concept” home. How do I wish now, with 20-20 vision, for a closed concept home or, perhaps, a middle ground: a clopen concept. (A work day at home during a pandemic.)


I went to a real math conference today, an in-person conference, not one of the many virtual seminars and conferences that are so prevalent in these pandemic days. I miss travel so much that I just had to lay down on my bed, close my eyes for a few minutes, and imagine that I was about to go far, far away.

My Search For Jobs, Round #3: The Final Boss Fight

In this post, I describe my “final boss fight” in search of a tenure-track position in mathematics. In fact, just like my favorite heroes in the Geonosis arena, there were three final bosses awaiting me at the end of the road, with three corresponding tenure-track interviews (each one of them with an unexpected twist).

About Me

I am a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Connecticut. My research focuses on arithmetic geometry, which is at the cross roads of number theory and algebraic geometry.

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