Obituary on Auckland Grammar School Website I first came across the mathematician Jones in middle school, when I was reading the Chinese edition of What Is Mathematics by Robbins and Courant to feel good (and ultimately otherwise), and one of the addendum chapters introduced me to "New Zealander Jones" and his work on knot theory. … Continue reading Sir V.F.R. Jones, In Memoriam
A few days back on Zhihu.com at home, there was an astronomy question that made it onto the "Trending Q&A" list (quite impressive for my homeland), "What is the most frightening celestial object known to science?" Not surprisingly, in the scientifically literate answers -- many of which I might be interested in covering in the … Continue reading What is the Most Frightening Celestial Object?
This year in all deserves something formally written, of course. I am time's friend, having just given it a box of arrows as the new year present (maybe when time gets bored, it might shoot the arrows elsewhere, such that we won't need black holes). So here I am, at the end of another … Continue reading MMXVI
There would inevitably be one day in which I start anew in what is called 'proper writing'. As cool as a hexadigital decimal number can be, in this post, 101535 is simply the property tag number of the computer that, last year, stayed idle on the hot desk in my mum's departmental office. Spending almost all … Continue reading 101535
An Old Talk with the Future Dear reader in the future, This might not look quite like what my ancestors left in the caves fifty thousand years ago, but I similarly have no idea what your lives are like. This is just a simple message sent to you by someone once lived long ago, writing … Continue reading Time Capsule