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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

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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

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Rationale for Only-Answers-Exams

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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