Here are a few links not directly related to my research.
Some links to chess problems on the
- My Putnam problems
A list of problems I submitted for inclusion on the Putnam Exam
when I was a member of the three-person committee to write the
1984-86 exams (8 page PostScript file).
- Online card
- Encyclopedias, glossaries, etc.
specialized reference sites on the web.
Some amazing optical and auditory illusions.
- At Caltech during the academic year 1963-1964 I took the first
course (Ma 108, Advanced Calculus) ever taught by
Knuth. Here is the front page from my
final exam of the second quarter. Note the typical Knuth humor in
the lower-right corner. Here
and here is the exam.
- Partial Stanley family: my wife, father, brother,
mother, me, brother's wife, nephew, cousin, and cousin's wife, taken
1999 in Englewood, Colorado
- Ellis Island: my mother's father's mother
arriving in the USA at Ellis Island around 1895. The second person
from the left is the maternal grandmother of Michael Tilson Thomas. My
grandfather was not yet born. (Caption at top written by my mother.)
Seidenstein family: my
mother's mother's parents and three of their children, around 1903. My
mother's mother is the second from the right.
My son's home page. An interview.
pictures of him.
book that he wrote (with Joel Lehman)
His current position at Uber, on leave
a web page about my daughter
book she wrote. We both had books published by Cambridge
University Press in 2012.
book she wrote.
Birth announcement arranged by my
grandparents. Note: this announcement suggests that I was born in
Larchmont, NY, but this is false. I was born in New York City. My
mother was living with her parents in Larchmont when I was born, and
my father was overseas serving in World War II.
of my mother's father's sister's daughter's son. (We were born in the
- Gian-Carlo Rota, 1932-1999
Some links related to my thesis adviser.
- Introductory Lectures in Combinatorial
Analysis (first few pages), from a course taught by Gian-Carlo
Rota at M.I.T. in the fall of 1962, written by G. Feldman,
J. Levinger, and Richard Stanley. What is remarkable about these
notes? I had nothing to do with them! This imposter (but with
middle name John) obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics from M.I.T. in
1969 on "The
phonology of the Navaho verb" (in fact, when I was a
graduate student at Harvard I received a telegram offering me a
job in the UCLA Department of Linguistics!) and later a Ph.D. in
U. C. Berkeley. See here
At the time Rota's course was given I was a freshman at Caltech.
- An unexpected relationship among some of
my former students
- The Early Years
How I became
interested in mathematics (two page PDF file).
- No Credit for Being First
An explanation of how I once was the only person in the world to know
the answer to a famous question of Serre and Kaplansky
(independently), yet I deservedly received absolutely no credit for
answering this question. This blurb appeared in the Harvard
College Mathematics Review, 2013.
- How the Upper Bound Conjecture was
Discussion of how I proved the Upper Bound Conjecture for Spheres
(10 page pdf file).
- Retirement gift from Sheila Sundaram
and Erik Altman, received 16 March 2018 as two framed pictures.
- My Erdős anecdote.
- Professor Eubanks in Zetaland
An unusual method for proving the Riemann hypothesis.
- Mysterious Chinese phrase.
The coldest towns in the world during winter. Two other chilly places: Amundsen-Scott
Station (South Pole) and Vostok
(the coldest place on the earth's surface).
- Polynomials with interesting sets of zeros:
- Find a positive integer n<10,000,000 such that the first
four digits (in the decimal expansion) of
n1,000,000 are all different. The problem should
be solved in your head. Answer.
- Which combinatorialist has the most number of syllables in
his/her (non-compound) surname? Here is a candidate.
- Top box office movies. An exceptional
number are math-related. Thanks to Christine
Bessenrodt for discovering this surprising information.
- On what day in the year 2018 (among all days that year) will the
least number of women in the United States have a natural
(noninduced) childbirth? Answer.
- The star-nosed
mole: a strange-looking animal
- A contribution to bridge bidding theory entitled "Informative
redoubles of 7NTx" (Postscript or PDF), Bridge Today,
July/August 2001, pp. 52-53 (two pages). Also discussed in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, February
2002, page 116.