Author Archives: Tom Gannon

The “Idea” of a Scheme

The mathematical concept of a “scheme” seems to pop up everywhere, but it’s hard to get a good grasp on what a scheme actually is. Any time you might ask someone what a scheme is in passing, there never seems … Continue reading

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Ordered Fields and When You Can’t Order Them

The real numbers have an ordering on them–given two numbers and , we can tell whether  or . So as math people, we like to generalize this to other sets–when can we say that a general set is ordered? In this post, … Continue reading

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On “Imposter Syndrome”

Here’s how it happens: You’re in graduate school and were one of the best people in your major from your school. Honestly, that’s how you got into graduate school in the first place. You go in the first few weeks, you … Continue reading

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