Aug 9Member-onlyMagical Love Sparks with a Virgin TheologianIt all started in front of an outdoor bathroom by the Rhein. It was the evening respite during a heat wave passing through Europe. At least if you were outside as I was, sitting at a table along the Rhein, shirtless, with my sister, my father, and a close friend…Love7 min read

Published in Be Yourself·Aug 9Member-onlyI Was Cool In High School. But I Definitely Wasn’t Perfect.Making out with 13 girls, drinking vodka, and losing my virginity. At 16, I had big curly hair and I always wore a beanie. Truth is, these were two layers of protection over my big ears. …Love13 min read

Published in Cantor’s Paradise·Aug 1Member-onlyA Deeper Definition of Logarithm and Exponential Functions Than UsualIrrational numbers, four functions, and a very, very important number. I’ve always found the logarithm and exponential functions to be in the category of concepts that seem simple enough on the surface, but that can be quite tricky at times when you try to reason about them. Recently I went…Mathematics21 min read

Published in Cantor’s Paradise·Jun 21Member-onlyEsoteric Functions That Look Like Shark Teeth: An Asterisked Problem in Spivak’s CalculusSometimes You Need Creativity to Discover a Function One of the (many) interesting aspects of problems in Spivak’s famous book Calculus is that you are introduced to and asked to find (“discover” somehow seems like the more apt word here) functions which (to me at least) seem quite esoteric. I’d…Mathematics14 min read

Published in Cantor’s Paradise·Jun 19Member-onlyA Deeper Definition of Integrals than UsualA Rabbit Hole Filled With Supremums and Infimums — Usually, when you take calculus for the first time you become aware that there are theoretical underpinnings which are omitted from the material covered in your textbook or your lectures. Such courses focus on introducing concepts (in particular those of a derivative and an integral) and on computations involving such…Mathematics21 min read

Published in Math Simplified·May 14Member-onlyHow an Innocent-Looking Problem With an Asterisk in Spivak’s Calculus Turns Out To Be Quite TrickyLet me show you what a nuanced solution to such a problem looks like for me. In Spivak’s famous book Calculus, some of the problems are marked with either one or two asterisks, and these indicate a relatively higher level of difficulty. …Mathematics9 min read

Published in Math Simplified·May 11Member-onlyYou Use Mathematical Induction, But Do You Know Why it Works Under the Hood?An intuitive theoretical explanation of why mathematical induction works Mathematical induction is typically used to prove statements of the formMathematics9 min read

Apr 25Member-onlyHow to Plot Intersection of Two Cylinders in MapleA tricky but reasonable affair! I’d like to show you basic usage of two plotting commands in Maple by solving a relatively difficult problem to reason about and visualize (at least for some of us!). The commands are implicitplot and plot3d. Each of these Maple commands (ie functions) has multiple…Mathematics5 min read

Apr 16Member-onlyMy Journey Through First Ten Chapters of Spivak’s Calculus376 hours, 293 problems, 335 pages written In life, many times memories of challenging times are sweet, or at least bittersweet. …Mathematics9 min read

Apr 16Member-onlyWhy I Decided to Study Math Before PhysicsStarting with every problem from Spivak’s Calculus I’ve been writing in other posts about what I’ve studied since having quit my job a year ago and focusing most of my time on taking courses online (mainly MIT OCW but sometimes others) in STEM. I studied Calculus in college more than…Mathematics6 min read