Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oh How I Hate Revising

Especially at this time! Yes tis my fault, but my Number Theory course has been very uninspiring up till this point. The inspiration being that I have a test today at 9am which I am going to do very badly in.

I honestly don't know how I can get a grip of my motivation and study! And another funny figure is the amount of third year students who I have heard say: "I hate Maths".

I don't hate the maths, but I hate exams. Oh and I hate the fact that I need to make a decision as soon as possible about next year. By the way, Dr. Eccles is one great guy. I liked what he said to me today: I should make a decision which is best for me, and not what other people would like me to do. He said that it will be sad to see me go, but I shouldn't stay for that reason etc etc. But you get the idea. That has taken a load of my mind though, as one reason as to why I am was "forcing myself" (perhaps) to stay was The Galois Group.

I don't think I'll ever lose my interest in maths when I leave, which is what I'm clinging onto at the moment. But tick tock.

Back to the BORING old Riemann Zeta function. Gah. I might write too much but it's better than writing too less in my humble opinion!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Galois Group lecture on Paradoxical Decompositions

Dear All,

You are invited to attend Professor Richard Sharp's Galois Group lecture about 'Paradoxical Decompositions' this Wednesday 18th March 2009, at 1:10pm in the Alan Turing Building Room G.207. Free refreshments will be available at the end. (You would be mad to miss this lecture!)

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments.

Best wishes, Beans

Wednesday 18th March 2009 at 1:10-2pm
Alan Turing Building, room G.207

Professor Richard Sharp

Abstract - Paradoxical Decompositions

It is possible to decompose a solid sphere into a finite number of pieces, which may be rearranged to make two spheres each with the same volume as the original one. Put more informally, it is possible to cut an orange into a finite number of pieces and reassemble them into two oranges of the same size. This is called the Banach-Tarski paradox and is perhaps the most counterintuitive of a family of so-called "paradoxical decompositions".

This talk will explain some of the mathematics involved, exploring concepts of volume, non-measurability and self-similarity.

PS: I'm still alive - but I've lost my voice and memory it seems, as I have no idea whatsoever as to what I did this Saturday! I'm straining to remember but my minds drawing blanks! (On Sunday some cousins came over though...).

Monday, March 02, 2009

Mondays can KILL

Mondays are very dangerous. Especially when one has six hours of Maths lecture, namely: Number Theory, Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, Galois Theory (x2) and finally Hyperbolic Geometry.

What also makes matters worse is that I'm not allowed to go to sleep yet as it is too early, and that I have a lot of work to do. I also have a test on Thursday which I am not particularly looking forward too.

From the modules that I'm taking this semester, I have to say that Algebraic Geometry is one which I hate the most at the moment as I don't have a clue as to what's going on. Then I next suck at Galois Theory (sadly) as it is very hard in my opinion, and I am lazy and I do not like Algebra!

The good thing is though, that my algebra modules do over lap which is helpful at times. You see Galois Theory is a fourth year module so to us third years everything is NEW, but not for the fourth year students. (As in Commutative Algebra Eisenstein's Criteria for the irreducibility of a polynomial in Z[X] was mentioned, which we covered in Galois Theory the other week.)

Deep breaths Beans. Results should be out on Friday. I have actually been having nightmares about them. I have been reduced to using short, disjoint sentences - you'll have to forgive me!

I feel that I am fast losing patience with a few things at University, but I need to find some discipline as fast as I can. Namely because I'm not studying at all as my routine has been completely disrupted, and this is beginning to show now!

Anyway - going to keep this short as I am going to try and sneak myself to sleep! By the way, there are Student Galois Group lectures this Wednesday (4th March!), which I will post more about tomorrow.