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"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule."
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Read later, subtle differences between a Grothendieck Universe and a Tarski Universe. It doesn't make a difference for the working mathematician, I think, but makes a difference if you were (say) building an automated theorem prover that uses a universe in its set theoretic foundations (like Mizar).

https://www.cs.nyu.edu/pipermail/fom/2008-March/012783.html
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+James Banks I think you'd like this one...
 
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It seems like there should be an app where, when I eat meat, it donates an amount of money to climate change science research proportional to the carbon footprint of the thing consumed.

E.g., a chicken burrito might be $1, a burger $5, a steak $20.

Anyone know if such an app exists?
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You could do the same thing with fuel consumption.

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This thesis examines a significant aspect of Gibbon's thought and outlook and its effect on his major work. Part I traces the development of moral attitudes in the man and their expression in his early and exploratory writings. The first and second chapters trace this development through his reaction to Oxford, his apprenticeship in Lausanne and his return to England, as the moral foundations were laid and tested till the aspiring historian was r...
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Read later, new translation of Gibbon's "Essay on the Study of Literature".

(Gibbon was fluent in French, and almost wrote his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in French until -- I think it was -- Hume convinced Gibbon to write in English. Apparently Gibbon wrote this note in French, it wasn't published until after his death in a volume entitled "Miscellaneous Writings".)

http://arcade.stanford.edu/rofl/essay-study-literature-translation
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This is kind of hypnotic...

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Read later, though it seems a bit sketchier than I would like, e.g., with modular forms.

https://arxiv.org/abs/1605.00697
Abstract: These notes provide an elementary (and incomplete) sketch of the objects and ideas involved in monstrous and umbral moonshine. They were the basis for a plenary lecture at the 18th International Congress on Mathematical Physics, and for a lecture series at the Centre International de ...
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Are you listless and bored? Do you poop out at parties? Have you wondered who has wandered into Trump Tower lately?

The solution to all these problems is now at your fingertips: https://www.c-span.org/video/?418879-1/watch-pool-feed-trump-tower-lobby&live

C-SPAN has a live webcam in the lobby of Trump Tower, so you can see such exciting figures as:
- former Vice-President Dan Quayle
- the door man
- and much, much more!
Watch the pool feed of the press area in the lobby of the Trump Tower in Manhattan as officials and members of the Trump family arrive for meetings with…
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Welcome to the Post-Truth Era

"In a post-truth world, we are guilty until proven innocent"

I have found, among my educated friends, they do not believe this phenomena to be occurring. It's just "media hype" to them.

Among my uneducated friends, they're trying to convince me some conspiracy, how the news is not just biased but completely invalid as a reference, and so on.

These are really...interesting times...

https://thoughtcrimemedia.squarespace.com/adammantine/welcome-to-the-post-truth-era
Where the facts don't matter and the truth is irrelevant!
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Mathematician/Programmer/Oracle
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  • Unfold, Inc.
    Software Developer, 2012 - present
    I program in Clojure (Lisp for JVM), do numerical analysis, predict how congress will vote, analyze the Syrian Civil War, and much much more!
  • University of California, Davis
    Student, Researcher, 2006 - 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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Davis, California - Glendale, California - Dublin, Ireland - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Padua, Italy
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They call me "Tractor Man"
Introduction
I'm a mathematical physicist (more on the mathematical side) with interests in category theory, monstrous moonshine, number theory, Diophantine approximations, super symmetry, Lie groups, differential geometry, and other topics. On the physical side, I'm intrigued by quantization of gauge systems, Quantum Field Theory, the mathematical underpinnings of particle physics, classical and quantum gravity.

I've been to Nottingham, England in July 2008 to attend Quantum Gravity and Quantum Geometry 2; and I've attended "Algebra and Topology in Interaction" during September 2009, in honour of Dr Fuchs' Birthday.

Starting June 2009 until June 2010, I did undergraduate research with Derek Wise with funding from VIGRE. We worked on Chain Field Theory in discrete spacetimes.

In April 2010 I was asked to peer review for the International Journal of Physical Sciences.

August 2010 I studied abroad at Trinity in Dublin, and Queen's University in Belfast.

In June 2011, I attended "Quantum Geometry and Quantum Gravity" in Zurich, Switzerland; then in July I went to the "Category Theory 2011" conference in Vancouver.

February 2012, I attended "
30th Annual Western States Mathematical Physics Meeting" at Caltech.
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Hardest working man in show business.
Education
  • University of California, Davis
    Mathematics, 2006 - 2011
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