November 19th, 2003

beartato phd

(no subject)

Reading: "Multilinear Algebra" by Northcott, which is fantastic --- everything is clicking together; it's great to be able to see that tensor powers and exterior powers and symmetric powers are all really the same sort of phenomenon of internalizing respectively multilinear, alternating, and symmetric maps as linear maps --- and "Towards a Philosophy of Real Mathematics" (which I heard about from John Baez's home page) which is intriguing, though I haven't gotten through more than the introduction yet.

Writing: 3.2k more today, at 23,452. Diverging from the main storyline a bit --- somehow I have found myself leading up to a dialogue, which is essentially about category theory (though it hasn't got there quite yet) and morality.