Simon Xiang

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Welcome to my personal website! I'm a rising sophomore at UT Austin, currently pursuing my undergrad degree in mathematics. I'm interested broadly in topology and geometry, and have recently been dipping my toes into stable homotopy theory/TQFTs during the UT Austin summer minicourses.

This Fall 2021 semester I am taking graduate algebra and algebraic geometry. You can check out my coursework and lecture notes here. Here is a link to my CV.

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About me

Outside of math, some of my hobbies include reading, running, and owning less things. I also have a blog where I write about various topics, some math related and others not. Here is a list of some books that I've read. I also enjoy playing table tennis and writing with fancy pens. Recently, I've been trying to pick up the guitar.

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I also enjoy messing around with my linux configuration. I am a proponent of free software, and almost every program I use doesn't spy on me. In addition, I also host several things on this site, including a git server, a sear(x) engine, and an email server.

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Recent Blog Posts

  • Jul 10 – Website Redesign
  • Jun 07 – Books I've Read
  • Jan 24 – Running Log: Bike Commuting
  • Jan 09 – MathML, Javascript, and the Future of This Blog
  • Dec 31 – John Nash's PhD Thesis
  • Dec 25 – Running Log: Swimming
  • Dec 18 – Nooo don't delete your account, how else are we supposed to invade your privacy and steal your data?
  • Click here to see more posts.