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Graduate student in mathematics at the University of Chicago.

My interests include algebraic geometry and algebraic number theory.

Here are some of my favorite quotations.


Jul
13
awarded  Announcer
Jun
25
accepted What would a sufficiently dense sphere of uranium do first: blow up, or form a black hole?
Jun
25
comment What would a sufficiently dense sphere of uranium do first: blow up, or form a black hole?
@user1504: Do you mean something like "would the uranium scatter fast enough that it would be impossible for it to form a black hole?"
Jun
25
comment What would a sufficiently dense sphere of uranium do first: blow up, or form a black hole?
I am simply asking how the currently-understood laws of physics would play out, given an initial configuration of a large sphere of fissile material. How the initial configuration came to be, or even whether we think it is possible, seems irrelevant. This question seems to have gotten a positive response for example. But I accept the possibility that this question is not appropriate here; is that what you are arguing?
Jun
25
comment What would a sufficiently dense sphere of uranium do first: blow up, or form a black hole?
@dmckee: Well, that is why I asked that the sphere be "called into existence", in a completely non-realistic way. But in comparision, I have certainly heard famous thought experiments about, for example, the Sun instantaneously disappearing - this seems like an acceptable fiction to consider. I completely agree, that it seems realistically impossible to get enough fissile material together in any way without it blowing up first.
Jun
25
comment What would a sufficiently dense sphere of uranium do first: blow up, or form a black hole?
@dmckee: But it didn't create conditions comparable to those where the uranium might have formed a black hole. I feel my question is fairly clear about specifying that I am imagining a situation where gravitational collapse is a relevant effect, in addition to nuclear fission.
Jun
25
asked What would a sufficiently dense sphere of uranium do first: blow up, or form a black hole?
Jun
24
awarded  Commentator
May
24
comment Difference between $\Delta$, $d$ and $\delta$
You should have mentioned your related question on math.SE.
Apr
11
awarded  Critic
Mar
27
accepted What exactly does this news story mean by “magnetic charge”?
Mar
26
asked What exactly does this news story mean by “magnetic charge”?
Mar
24
awarded  Good Question
Oct
26
awarded  Yearling
Jul
24
comment Can one make a ball rotate around a vertical axis using only a combination of horizontal axis rotations?
As per request, I'm moving this to physics.SE.
Jun
12
awarded  Quorum
Jun
1
awarded  Scholar
Jun
1
accepted What are the precise statements by Shouryya Ray of particle dynamics problems posed by Newton which this news article claims have been solved?
May
29
awarded  Announcer
May
28
awarded  Notable Question