Shamindra’s August 2019 Roundup

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A quick roundup of any interesting August 2019 activities

Shamindra Shrotriya


Welcome to the August 2019 roundup! Similar to last time I’m going to experiment with, namely documenting anything interesting I come across (articles, lectures, books, papers etc.) and any activities I get up to. This is more for my personal benefit but may also help others.

Interesting Articles

Interesting Books


Key Takeaways

Interesting Interviews

Key Takeaways

To mostly think about mathematical problems, there are many mathematical problems that have rich history, many are interesting in their own sense. It means to ask the right questions, think about interesting questions and tell the difference between what is beautiful and what is not beautiful

Many procedural things - teaching, meeting graduate students, reading mathematical papers.

Part of the time I’m just thinking! Sometimes with other people over chalkboard/whiteboard, looking at a piece of paper on the table i.e. trying to do some computations that are relevant, thinking of relationships to the problem. Finding problems that are similar enough.

Right, and indeed in much of time you are not doing anything. Most of the time you are failing and you need to get used to to it Part of the satisfaction is this process is to think about something for a very long time without having an idea. Sometimes you solve something related

You go to conferences, talk to people, read papers etc. Many times you just need to be in a different state of mind e.g. if you forget someones name, just thinking about it does not always make you remember, just need to try something else at times. This may explain why you see people staring in the air! Sometimes you can go and take walks.

As a child, before I was 10 years old I knew I was interested in mathematical puzzles. I was good at it and interested in mathematics but didn’t really know what it involved. I always liked that it is objective. I was able to explain a solution to an adult at a party on the puzzle of the Eurovision song contest. The power of convincing someone is really powerful.

No, it’s nice to get such prizes but never done this with the intent. In every field it is important, but the glory is very limited. This is nice but you don’t do things with this aim in mind

I had a few things where I was very happy. Because I had thought about it for a long time and found something new. Don’t think I had a specific time where I sat back and said this is the best discovery of their life. One should always think that the best discoveries are ahead of them.

Some scientists go into scientific management. Some go into industry, but this is rare. As long as what I do is what I find interesting and challenging, and what I do is not as good as my best results I would still keep doing this.

Yes, in general you realize you want to spend time with family, children, and grandchildren. I don’t think it comes instead of science. I hope to keep doing good work and spend time with family.

Personal Blogging

Besides this post 😄 the main things I got up to on the personal blogging front were:

Concluding Thoughts

Overall August 2019 was the end of summer and the start of a new year of graduate school - yay!

Please feel free to leave a comment if you found any useful articles, lectures, books, papers etc which I may find interesting.

Doxiadis, A., C. H. Papadimitriou, A. Papadatos, and A. Di Donna. 2009. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth. Bloomsbury USA.
Graham, Ronald L, Donald E Knuth, and Oren Patashnik. 1994. Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science. 2nd ed. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.
Granville, Andrew, Jennifer Granville, and Robert J. Lewis. 2019. Prime Suspects : The Anatomy of Integers and Permutations. Princeton University Press.



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  title = {Shamindra Shrotriya: Shamindra's August 2019 Roundup},
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  year = {2019}