Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

My GOD this is nerdy 

In other news, I found an error in a Springer textbook (not a typo, but an honest to goodness factual error), which managed to make it past at least 2 sets of errata. (In case you're wondering, the author had incorrectly written that if R is a subring of S, R must contain the (multiplicative) identity of S. Even allowing for the definition of a ring which requires a multiplicative identity, this is not quite correct. I guess no one ever closely read the background chapter before me.)

Update: Apparently this is a common requirement amongst commutative algebra types. In a ring R of characteristic 0, in fact, the only possible multiplicative identity for a subring is the identity of the parent ring.

If I were a Springer-Verlag Graduate Text in Mathematics, I would be Robin Hartshorne's Algebraic Geometry.

My creator studied algebraic geometry with Oscar Zariski and David Mumford at Harvard, and with J.-P. Serre and A. Grothendieck in Paris. After receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1963, he became a Junior Fellow at Harvard, then taught there for several years. In 1972 he moved to California where he is now Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. My siblings include "Residues and Duality" (1966), "Foundations of Projective Geometry (1968), "Ample Subvarieties of Algebraic Varieties" (1970), and numerous research titles. My creator's current research interest is the geometry of projective varieties and vector bundles. He has been a visiting professor at the College de France and at Kyoto University, where he gave lectures in French and in Japanese, respectively.

My creator is married to Edie Churchill, educator and psychotherapist, and has two human sons and one daughter. He has travelled widely, speaks several foreign languages, and is an experienced mountain climber. He is also an accomplished musician, playing flute, piano, and traditional Japanese music on the shakuhachi.

Which Springer GTM would you be? The Springer GTM Test

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