Finished my second year teaching a few weeks ago. Am also working on my master's in teaching at Johns Hopkins University. This year was different for me, since I moved up in age level to teaching tenth and eleventh graders, and because I taught an engineering course mixed in with my math courses. The year went well, and I'm looking forward to my third year beginning in August. I've updated a few things on this website, with my focus on the teaching pages. Also check out the Patterson engineering website that I've begun work on.
14 March 2007 - Wow, long time no see. I've now graduated from Williams and have gone on to teaching high school math in Baltimore City. Just uploaded last year's pi-day and e-day messages. One for phi-day 2006 is still to come. This year I've scaled back on the mass mathematical mailings, only sending out a brief missive on pi day.
An M. C. Escher sketch, of a tiled surface
within the Alhambra (Granada, Spain).
21 May 2005 - News only. (Sorry not to have updated in a while.) Today I leave for home; yay for that finals are done! I'll see all you Stotonians in the next few weeks. And then it's back to Williams for a summer of math research!
Hudson River Math Conference went well, both my talk and other folks' were fun, and especially getting to hear Ken Ribet was awesome, informative, and inspiring. I expect to post an internet version of my talk introducing continued fractions over the next month or so. I also might post an explanation of Galois Theory, which though a bit more advanced is also really cool. And I'll be sure to keep you all posted on this summer's events and research [one really cool thing about number theory is that it is more accessible to non-math-majors than some other areas of math ... that's part of why I like it, both since I learned some of it through pop math books prior to coming to college and it has drawn me in from there, and because I'm all about "math for the masses" as Seulghee calls it, i.e making math interesting and comprehensible and available to everyone].
Have a good summer all, and I look forward to seeing you all soon!
An Escher woodcut, called "Still Life and Street".
16 March 2005 - Recategorized pi-day and e-day messages into a pi page and an e page. Enjoy!
14 March 2005 - Happy pi day! My annual pi-day message.
11 March 2005 - Also math-related, y'all should come to the Hudson River Undergrad Math Conference, at Williams April 30. I'll be giving a short (15 minute) math talk on continued fractions, which will be accessible to all. See more info and my abstract here. (t-3)
9 March 2005 - Sorry that the site's been down over a week. I don't anticipate any more disruptions in the foreseeable future, so things should be ok. If you haven't yet done so, check out my page with SMALL summer news. Looking forward to a fun W'town summer! Goodbye. -Nick (t - 5 days!)
Another Escher print, "Order and Chaos".
18 February 2005 - Some news: I've been accepted to the SMALL math program! I'll be spending this summer doing some awesome number theoretic math research here in Billsville. Read more ...
Also I added a page with information on how to contact me.
9 February 2005 - A section on books: my favorites, my currents, my futures, and my just-finished ones.
7 February 2005 - Happy e-day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Check out my letter and discover some more cool information on e here.
19 January 2005 - Just added the skeleton of a Teaching section. Hopefully will fill in much more soon!
A Cezanne painting, just for a change.
I don't know its title, but it sure is pretty!
18 January 2005 - Happy New Year! This isn't a site update, just some news ... Chillin' this January here in W'town, teaching some math at the local high school, having a great time with the MMMMMarching Band for both broomball and pep-basketball. Peace, all! May your year be filled with joy!
14 December 2004 - Added this log so y'all can keep track of my progress.
13 December 2004 - Added a fractals section here, based on some fractals extending the Koch Snowflake to shapes with more sides. There is a known extension to n = 4, the
Koch Quadric Island, but a friend and I were discussing how to generalize to n = 5 or more, and some results from that discussion are now posted. Unfortunately, in most if not all of these (for n ³ 5), the edge crosses itself, so they are not true fractals. :-(
3 December 2004 - OK, rounded out the AboutMe section and about half of Links (the friends and math parts). Still need to finish links and quotes, then get some real content up. My plans for that are a pi page, an e page, a Nicaragua page, a fair trade page, a books page, and some type of commenting feature. Much to look forward to -- but who knows when?
A painting by Piet Mondrian.
23 November 2004 - Website begun! Yippee! I just took an online tutorial on html, and put up the basics of a website.
"Tunisian Gardens" by Paul Klee.