no conclusion

There’s a rather fun interview with my project supervisor here (the interview itself starts about thirty seconds in) in which she talks about how, as you take mathematics further and further, you find yourself wanting to specialise more and more, and everything that’s not your area of interest suddenly becomes a real drag. Having spent the last few days revising for the number theory course I’m taking, I can really relate to this. It’s not that I don’t find it interesting, just that it’s not exactly to my mathematical tastes. It’s coming, and I will be fine in the exam, but it’s such an effort to get into it when you’d rather be doing reading for one of the algebra courses.

It’s coming along okay, though. For me, revising is (laboured metaphor alert!) riding a bike up a hill. It’s bloody hard work, and there seems to be no end – but once you hit the top, well, you’re coasting. There’s always been that moment for me that everything clicks, the last 15 weeks all make sense, and you can just sort of freewheel from there. There’s no light switch, though, and no magic formula to get to that point. Just lots of work. Every day seems to begin in medias res, and when I knock off for the evening there’s no sense of closure – it’s just wake up, pick up where I left off, and then, umh, leave off. I have faith that when the exams start, I’ll be in the right place – just getting there can be a bit of an effort.

(You’re something else. For goodness sake, sort out your grammar and your punctuation and I am there.)

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5 Responses to “no conclusion”


  1. 1 hesternal January 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    two cents: never ever compromise your grammar and punctuation standards! at some point in the search for happiness there is a line that SHOULD NOT BE CROSSED. this is that line. DD:

    (and you have to take notice of this advice because it’s written in the last twenty minutes before I become an adult! so there.)

  2. 2 Arven January 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Wow I totally feel what yo and your prof are talking about. Totally nailed it. The revision hill too (I’m still pedalling :( ).
    I enjoyed reading this :)

    • 3 rootpot January 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      Hah, I feel that your comment ‘needs more goyf’. When are your exams? My first is on the 25th, so I’ll be back in the house on the 23rd/24th. Gl with all that pedalling.


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