Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mathematics is fixed again

Earlier this week I thought I had broken mathematics. A meeting with my advisor today cleared this up, and mathematics is fixed again.

I recall breaking mathematics a few times as an undergrad, but always on small problems. Like breaking off a corner of mathematics. Now that I've moved on to larger problems, my mistakes and misunderstandings cause much larger rents in the fabric of the mathematical universe.

Luckily enough for everyone, the thoughts in my head have no direct effect on the universe. You are all safe.

This post's theme word: palinode, "a poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem." If I had to write up my research in poem form, it would be even more unreadable than it is now.


Haz said...

What corner did you break this time? Now you've got me curious :p.

Lila said...

I accidentally collapsed the AC hierarchy (so AC^0 = AC).

But I was wrong. Hooray!

Haz said...

ooo...those sound fun.