I’m a second-year PhD student in mathematics at Utrecht University studying ergodic theory and with interests in flat surfaces.
I received a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Oregon State University in 2020—where I studied translation surfaces and their Veech groups—and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Religion from Pepperdine University in 2018. Some of my (non-mathematical) time is spent running, baking bread and admiring trees.
Todd, trust math. As in Matics, Math E. First-order predicate logic. Never fail you. Quantities and their relation. Rates of change. The vital statistics of God or equivalent. When all else fails. When the boulder’s slid all the way back to the bottom. When the headless are blaming. When you do not know your way about. You can fall back and regroup around math. Whose truth is deductive truth. Independent of sense or emotionality. The syllogism. The identity. Modus Tollens. Transitivity. Heaven’s theme song. The nightlight on life’s dark wall, late at night. Heaven’s recipe book… The creeping inevitability. Caius is mortal. Math is not mortal. What it is is: listen: it’s true.David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest