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My name is Akhil Mathew. I’m currently a high school senior interested in mathematics. This is my mathematics blog.

I first became exposed to the blathosphere as a sophomore after a mentor of mine pointed me to Terence Tao’s blog. I soon discovered after clicking on the links that there were numerous blaths already on the web, many of which were accessible to me.

I joined the blathosphere in the summer of 2009 at the group blog Delta Epsilons, started by the mathematics students of that year’s Research Science Institute. Eventually, prodded by comments there, I found that my typical style of blogging, which often includes long series of posts and a textbookish style, was ultimately unsuitable for the motto of Delta Epsilons: mathematical research and problem solving.

So, while I’m going to remain a contributor to Delta Epsilons, I’ve started this to create an additional outlet where I can post to learn math better. I plan to post entries more suitable to Delta Epsilons–by which I mean resembling a crisp expository article than a chapter in a book–in both locations.

The tentative topics I intend to talk about in the future are diverse. Right now I’m in the middle of a MaBloWriMo sequence on differential geometry. But in the future I’m considering discussing topological K-theory, algebraic geometry, and harmonic analysis. In the long run, one of my ambitious hopes is to understand the Atiyah-Singer index theorem (and its proof), which may also become a topic. However, my interests change too quickly for me to predict with any reliability. I hope this will make it interesting.

Incidentally, you might be wondering why I have an introductory post after over sixty posts in the archives: those are the textbookish entries that I made at Delta Epsilons, copied here for completeness.

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November 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm

While it is not a mountain I myself like to climb, I think for people like you who genuinely enjoy this stuff you’d get a lot out of it.

Climb away, and good luck.

November 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Feel great to be the first one to leave a comment here. I am at least seven years older than you, yet definitely not seven years maturer in mathematics. I, too, got prodded by Professor Terence Tao in the first place. Then I realize how the Internet can help me to learn maths better. You are doing excellent jobs here, please make it a really long journey.

November 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Thanks for the wishes!