The Spectre of Math

December 28, 2010

two down, two to go

Filed under: Mathematics — jlebl @ 11:14 pm

Of the 4 things (papers) I am am working on, two are done! Yay! Well, done means one is posted to arXiv (though will appear only on thursday due to arXiv holiday schedule) and the other almost posted (still needs a few touchups). I think I can now relax for the rest of the holiday break (that is, after I finish those touchups :).

December 20, 2010

Thesis problem

Filed under: Mathematics — jlebl @ 1:17 am

So I’ve heard that a good thesis problem is one which will take you at least 5 years after you graduate to completely solve (or in the best case it is a problem which you will never solve completely, providing for a lifetime of work). Anyway, I’m getting close to “mostly solving” my original thesis problem: “Levi-flat hypersurfaces have Levi-flat singularities.” Of course it is only 3.5 years since I’ve finished my thesis so I’d better not completely solve it yet … That means I’ve been working on this sucker for over 5 years so far. That’s a reasonable problem. I think it’s got at least another few years in it before I’ve sucked it dry.

Then it amuses me when one of my students complains that a problem on the homework is hard because they’ve already
spent an hour on it and didn’t solve it yet.

December 9, 2010

Estate tax

Filed under: Economics,Politics — jlebl @ 4:44 pm

Just watching Morning Joe complaining about estate tax being immoral. In my opinion the estate tax should be as high as possible. In this respect I am a complete capitalist. I believe everyone should get the money they earn. Being born to the right parents is not “earning” money. I hope my parents burn through all their (now considerable amount) money before they die. Similarly, I don’t care if the government takes all my money when I die and leaves nothing for Maia. I hope she learns that she has to take care of herself.

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