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by DavCrav
Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: AEA Maths Questions
Replies: 58
Views: 4740

Re: AEA Maths Questions

Will you be lecturing or tutoring then, or are you 'just' doing research? Well, I will be lecturing, but it's unlikely you'll be in my class, since it's graduates and above. I will also be tutoring, but not to St Cats, and probably only 3rd years anyway. There are a lot of lecturers in the departme...
by DavCrav
Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: AEA Maths Questions
Replies: 58
Views: 4740

Re: AEA Maths Questions

Calls a voice from the yokel town of Cambridge. You found out you had a place... what, two days ago now? You've never actually been there (in statu pupillari), and you think you can give me chat? When was the last time you cared about who won the Boat Race? Got bitter or smug over the latest univer...
by DavCrav
Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How do these punks do it?
Replies: 62
Views: 7477

Re: How do these punks do it?

Right, I'm a little drunk now, but I will say that I was not saying that all courses on offer at a university the other side of the Atlantic were crap, I was merely saying (and this is backed up by various American-trained mathematicians I know) that to get 'a math degree' in the States (for example...
by DavCrav
Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How do these punks do it?
Replies: 62
Views: 7477

Re: How do these punks do it?

Consider for a second that no one was qualified to teach me math until I got to university either, at which point I did most of the undergrad in first year. Consider also that I did most of undergrad physics by the end of second year. Now, consider that you are still wrong. That those kids without ...
by DavCrav
Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How do these punks do it?
Replies: 62
Views: 7477

Re: How do these punks do it?

I am angered at most of these posts. I didn't see what "real" math was till about the end of first year. I loved it, I learned it. The reason those kids are good at it is because when they showed interest there was someone who taught them math. For some of us that didn't happen (parents w...
by DavCrav
Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: AEA Maths Questions
Replies: 58
Views: 4740

Re: AEA Maths Questions

Frimble wrote:I originally applied to Worcester college, I got offered a place at St Catherine's college. Are you going to Oxford too?


In a sense: from next year I am a fellow of Christ Church college. I finished my doctorate last year. In fact, I am typing this on a computer in the Maths Institute...
by DavCrav
Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: AEA Maths Questions
Replies: 58
Views: 4740

Re: AEA Maths Questions

Out of interest, Frimble, which College are you applying to?
by DavCrav
Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Research
Replies: 12
Views: 2246

Re: Math Research

I'm just starting to read Pierre de la Harpe's Geometric Group Theory book (Chicago lectures in maths, if I remember correctly), and this appears to be well-regarded. (His first chapter is out of date, however, since the conjecture on the circle problem has now been proved!) The people here do a lot...

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