Author Archives: Piper

Stay Screaming

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I’ve been going about my life, screaming internally, and people keep engaging in regular conversation with me and all I can think is, why are we not screaming? Why are we not actually just yelling and breaking things most of the time? Every time I respond to “how are you?” with anything other than screaming, I feel guilty. Complicit. But… Read more »

Class dismissed

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Attention Allies: Many of us have been informally enrolled in at least one Ally Education course. Maybe it was a Facebook group. Maybe it was questioning your Token Marginalized Friend. We have been wrestling with the failings of our good intentions. We have asked and answered questions on cultural appropriation and default pronouns. We have pushed buttons; we have hurt… Read more »

Intro to Lattices

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My thesis talks about “shapes” of “number fields,” but really what we’re looking at is shapes of lattices, and using MATH to go from “number fields” to lattices. So I thought it would be nice to give a quick intro to what it means for lattices to have shapes and for those shapes to live in a space of shapes…. Read more »

mini update on my life

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(Image Description: A person with short hair juggles balls and poorly drawn bowling pins. Additional balls are shot from machines labeled “Teaching” and “Broader Impact” while additional bowling pins are dropped down from a person hanging from a trapeze labeled “Research.” Two people are taking money from the juggler’s pockets; they are labeled “Invite to Conference” and “Childcare.” Two chairs… Read more »

Short and Spiky

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There was a shooting the other night close enough to campus that I received an email about it. As I read the report, I found myself bracing to read the description of the suspect. Since I was a child, I’ve known that it is bad for all black people when a crime is committed by one black person. “Please don’t… Read more »

An apology to my Facebook friends

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I have a hard time executing goodbyes. I’m fine with the actual goodbyes, but initiating them on my own terms when the other people are otherwise occupied is sometimes too big of an obstacle for me to overcome. It happens every Thanksgiving. The rules of etiquette dictate (presumably; not like I’ve checked) that I should say goodbye to everyone, preferably… Read more »

Hire Me

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When I decided I wanted to become a mathematician, I didn’t even know what the word meant. I figured it meant “knowing math.” Nobody had ever told me that math wasn’t finished, that my professors were actually researchers who were currently working on creating new knowledge. By the time I was setting foot in Princeton’s Fine Hall as a first… Read more »

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The Light She is covered in scars. How interesting! How curious! Her scars seem to have scars. You’ve never seen anything like it. You want to know more. How could you not? In her darkness, she is exposed. What you couldn’t learn from her! You’ve been wandering unaware of the limits of your experience, but here she is. Can you… Read more »