Doin’ werk, or “Algebraic Topology”

So, despite my apparent inability to split my attention among the topics I’d desired, I haven’t completely fallen out of the routine of studying.

In fact, I’m probably doing more work than I’ve done in a while. Independently, anyway.

As you’ll notice, there’s a page linked up top for solutions to Algebraic Topology by Allen Hatcher. I have a love-hate relationship with Algebraic Topology (the topic, not the textbook), but it’s way more love than hate. Long story short: I wanted to be an algebraic topologist when I came to Florida State, but I’ve been second-guessing that option due to the fact that I was taught the subject by a professor who…hmmmm…let’s just say I was taught the introduction to the subject in an environment I found “generally unsatisfactory.” 

Blah blah blah.

Anyway, I have a second course in Algebraic Topology in Fall and this go-around, the professor is a Princeton-educated topologist whose advisor was William Thurston (yep, that William Thurston) and whose reputation has him labeled, generally, as difficult. For many reasons, I’m wayyyyyyyyyyyyy lacking in my ability to do even the most basic things from the subject, which is why I’ve decided to focus so heavily on that this summer…

…and why I’ve decided to go through the exercises in Dr. Hatcher’s book (both the ones I know about and the ones I’ve never seen before).

The “solution posting on WordPress” thing? That’s just a way to keep me accountable. Or something.

Anyway, if anyone out there in the blogosphere is an algebraic topologist who would like to lend me their infinite knowledge and wisdom, I’d be beyond stoked. In the meantime, I’m going to prepare for this topic as if there’s a qualifying exam waiting (there’s not, of course, because I exempted the required three of four fist pump) and hope that I don’t completely flounder next semester.

Happy Wednesday,e veryone.

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