Something you have done, something a group you’re affiliated with has done, or just anything that you are proud of and would like to share.
My masters thesis a couple years ago was original work in categorical homotopy theory, co-written with my adviser obviously. I did a lot (for me, not for an actual mathematician) in that paper, but there was one theorem in particular that I felt was the best proof I had ever written. I just looked up the paper again on the arxiv and I think that proof would probably take me a few hours if I wanted to read through it again. My adviser is undoubtedly the only other person who has read it and who will ever read it.
I miss doing math so much, but I don’t miss much else about that career path.
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I contributed 0% of the K-theory stuff (section 6), and probably 80% of the rest of the paper. Theorem 4.4 was the hard one.
I am proud of what I am doing, and will be releasing soon. I am nearly done with the first version of my own programming language: Mua.
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I am making it for my personal use, but I will be putting it on GitHub for people to contribute. It is going to be a transpiler that converts my code into Rust. The transpiler is currently being written in C# but will be rewritten in Mua later.
I managed to get a job overseas and survived being on my own for the first time. The first 3 months was really tough.
Nice is it somewhere very different from where you originally lived?
It was! It’s on the other side of the world for me and in a language I don’t know.
I quit my military-industrial-complex job with nothing lined up because it made me feel awful and was ethically sickening to assist in the development of infrastructure for a global exploitation machine. I gained 30lbs in the time I worked there and had panic attacks multiple times a week about how I was building a legacy of actively participating in something I vehemently opposed in belief. When I quit, I was unemployed for 3 months and tore through my savings. Then I found a new job with much better pay and a better culture it seemed. Then covid happened, my new job offer was revoked a week before moving, & my own and my partner’s depression spiralled to the point of a breakup. I found another new job in the environmental/renewable energy sector. I lost all the weight. Last week I found out we might be completely budget-fucked unless Biden wins this election and enacts a serious climate plan to reinstate grants. I am proud that I haven’t funnelled the immense negativity I have felt this year into something toxic.
I quit my first job out of college working in a lab earning under $20/hr with no room for upward movement to move home and go to a coding bootcamp. It wasn’t as big of a risk because my mom subsidized my housing and I had enough savings to buy food with, but it was still a risk. I went from making $38k to making over $60k with the first job I got 3 months after graduation. Best decision I’ve made.
Getting through grad school and earning my PhD degree is def something I am proud of.
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