I went to my first discussion section of Mathematics for the Biological Sciences as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at 2:30 PM on August 16th, 2016. I don’t remember it much. Perhaps I took attendance for that one time, had students do introductions, maybe gave a cursory preview of some of the upcoming material, and then […]
An exegetical commentary on Mark 13 in honor of W. Tyler Reynolds
The women in my family have always had a penchant for doing craftwork… Aunt Julie was next level.
A few weeks ago, drawing on some inspiration from C.S. Lewis, I began by stating what I meant by “The Vulgarity of God”. By way of reminder, I defined God’s “vulgarity” as his “lavish, unblushing, and almost excessive provisions of joy for the human being, especially as expressed in the created order (though not limited thereto)”.1 […]
“So, what’s the difference between pure math and applied math?”
One of the most helpful quotes I’ve ever read from any work of C.S. Lewis comes from The Screwtape Letters1: He’s a hedonist at heart. All those fasts and vigils and stakes and crosses are only a façade. Or only like foam on the sea shore. Out at sea, out in His sea, there is […]
Let’s just get this all out on the table. Yes, I’m staying in Iowa City for the summer and doing math the whole time, but to what purpose? Two words: Qualifying Exams. It seems that few people outside of academia understand what I mean by “Qualifying Exams” (or “quals” for short), so hopefully this entry will […]