
Recent Posts
Archives
Categories
Meta
Author Archives: libartinspmath
In Florence, Italy
I’ve been away from writing here a long time. Partly it is because I’m in Florence on a research workshop at the Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics since three weeks, and before that I did some research as well … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Leave a comment
Writing the report
This is just a short note to tell you that I haven’t quit thinking about mathematics. I was in the process of writing up the report when I hit upon the subject of calculus in America. There I got stuck … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Leave a comment
Rationale for OnlyAnswersExams
Let me be honest. I hate marking exams. But I enjoy teaching. For me at least, teaching at the university level is the best possible job. I like the freedom of the it, I enjoy explaining things and thinking about … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
1 Comment
Applications or Engagement?
Over the years I’ve lost confidence in the idea that applications of mathematics make the subject any more interesting or easier to grasp. It is perhaps not a clever thing to say in public because of the obvious objections. But … Continue reading
Posted in Teaching Calculus, Uncategorized
Leave a comment
The Distributive Law
We have started a book study group at my institute, the idea being to work our way through Finnur Lárusson’s “Lectures on Real Analysis”. This is a really nice (and thin) Real Analysis book rigorously covering the same stuff as … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Leave a comment
From the World of Mathematics II
When I came home with the World of Mathematics, volume 3 had a bookmark (an old yellowed postal giro form) at the article Mathematics and the Metaphysicians by Bertrand Russel. The text is from 1901 I think, and it shows. … Continue reading
Posted in Readings
2 Comments
From the World of Mathematics I
Long time ago I read all six volumes of the Swedish edition (called Sigma) of The World of Mathematics. Last spring, when I dug out volume 6 from the bookshelf it fell open on Oswald Spengler’s Meaning of Numbers. A … Continue reading
Posted in Readings
Leave a comment