I’m a first-year graduate student at Columbia’s Department of Mathematics, where I intend to specialize in algebraic number theory. In other words, so far I don’t deal directly with the abstract nonsense of category theory; rather, I deal with what is possibly the most abstract discipline of mathematics next to category theory.
Although my professional interest is in mathematics, I tend to get fascinated by most pursuits there are academic departments for. Socio-politically, I have a call for data any reader might possess, because I’m a sucker for political bloviating that incorporates real-world facts.
If you’re a native English speaker, you’re probably mispronouncing my name. The Hebrew pronunciation of my name is /a”lon/. In English I pronounce it /@”lAn/, which rhymes with “don” but not “gallon.” People have been known to call me Alan even online; I reserve the right to snark at anyone who does, even though I’m usually only cynical. Usually, the people who misspell my name online are those who hate my living guts; people have been known to spell my name correctly and then switch to the incorrect spelling once I irked them enough to merit flaming.
I was born in Tel Aviv in 7/1988, then moved to Singapore in 12/2000 courtesy of my parents, went to college at the thoroughly somnolent National University of Singapore, and then wound up starting grad school here.
I do memes. I don’t post them that often because in a year of blogging here and on UTI, I’ve never been tagged.