John Horton Conway on Surreal Numbers

This is a great lecture (in my opinion) that John Conway gave in Toronto in 2016 on how he came to discover Surreal Numbers. With that in mind be aware that he doesn’t do proofs early on, he states assumptions which he deals with later.

I’ve not written anything in a couple of weeks here because I started to write about infinity and I’m still unsure what I want to say about it. There is so much you could say about it.

Popular Television & Physics Comedy

There is a mathematician named Douglas R Hofstader, another one named Sheldon Katz, both rather interesting in their own way.

The former is the author of several books. Godel Esher Bach is most likely the most well known of them.

The latter Sheldon H. Katz is an American mathematician, specializing in algebraic geometry and its applications to string theory. In 1973 Katz won first prize in the U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad (Wikipedia). This is him talking about something I understand some of the words but not in that order, it is way over my head. Sheldon Katz – Elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau threefolds: mirror symmetry and Jacobi forms

Books in a Series

James S.A. Corey Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War the first two books in The Expanse have left me impressed. I’ve not picked up books in a long time that were that easy to read.

The second of these from four pm Saturday on and off until about 10PM Sunday both read over the last day or so.  The words flowed from the page outlining a series of mini adventures. It was so enjoyable.

History is that which came before.

The grand intention.

If possible you will find that somehow the disorganised ideas in my head have been cleaned up sufficiently that you can engage with them by reading.

The ideas that I have are mine, sometimes they are informed by books I read, where possible I will reference the works I’m referring to.

If I’m lucky enough I’ll get to write about things that interest me, things I learn along the way.

I’ve no special knowledge in any area, however I’ve lived for more than half a century along the way some thoughts have solidified.

As luck would have it, just now David Malone pointed me this video just now:  The man who saved geometry.

That was a nice way to start this blog.