Archive for February, 2012

A Friendly Chat

February 4, 2012

Had one of those today with a colleague – he wanted to know if I had an undergraduate real analysis book – something covering the subject of Dedekind cut – hadn’t thought about that for some time –

My teacher’s name was Dorothy Smith and she drove a convertible Alfa Romeo – it was the early ’80’s, so chill.

Anyway, I was sad to find that I no longer had the book – it was finite math and it was the first course I took for credit after repeating all of the calculus series to prove myself to the graduate school. It was only after I earned A’s in all of those courses that the math department would accept me on probation for graduate study.

So I wish I still had the book – and I wish I could talk to Dorothy Smith – it was she who had the most confidence in me and encouraged me to keep studying mathematics.