Assistant professor at UGA; moving to University of Toronto summer 2022. Algebraic geometry, number theory, forever confused, etc. He/him.

Atlanta, Georgia
Joined August 2010
the Twitter topic paradox
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This, by Ravi Vakil, on depicting homological algebra with puzzle pieces, is insanely cool: 3blue1brown.com/content/blog…
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Literally has a comprehensible drawing of a spectral sequence!!
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Daniel Litt retweeted
G just burst into my room. "Mum! If Pinocchio said 'my nose will grow', would it grow or not?!" She discovered the Liar Paradox all on her own. #ProudParentingMoment
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every now and again i am reminded of how delightfully weird leibniz was, and i smile (ag 169, from a letter to johann bernoulli):
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Daniel Litt retweeted
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dreading the day when people discover my papers are actually written by the small rat that rides around on my head, indicating what letter I should type next by pulling on my hair
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my tweets are written by a smaller rat living on the first rat’s head
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Applications of Kakeya sets:
Moi : cette question, c'est vraiment direct, vous êtes sur une ligne droite. La question :
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(really Kakeya needle sets, I guess)
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some words I thought I’d never say
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I guess he felt he had to leave before I got there.
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This thing is a SQUARED RECTANGLE, a rectangle made up of smaller squares, no 2 of which have the same size. In this 🧵, I'll explain what these things have to do with electrical circuits and graph (co)homology. 1/20 image source: mathblag.wordpress.com/2012/…
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Daniel Litt retweeted
Replying to @littmath
Was it "The Geometry of Moduli Spaces of Shaves."
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I just heard that Bas Edixhoven passed away last night, from a malignant, fast growing brain tumor that was detected at the end of last year. He spent his last moments in the company of his family. Those who have met him will remember a joyful colleague and a bright mind.
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Replying to @littmath
"The Classification of Finite Simple Soups"
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Oof, just ran across a published paper with a typo in the title.
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Another ~20% seem oddly fascinated with killing the people on both tracks (“multitrack drifting” etc.) which I sort of see the humor in, but seeing these jokes en masse in my mentions was very odd and repulsive, like some huge portion of the response was just sociopathy.
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Of course there’s a sense in which the trolley problem itself (or really any thought experiment about people’s deaths) has this same repugnant aspect of abstracting or intellectualizing away some moral harm.
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