Richard J. Brown

Never to follow...
 Director of Undergraduate Studies  
 Department of Mathematics
 The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
 403 Krieger Hall
phone:    410-516-8179
e-mail:   brown"at"math"dot"jhu"dot"edu
professional synopsis:    curriculum vitae (HTML)
blog:    The Chalkboard
Facebook page:   JHU Undergraduate Mathematics
Twitter:   JHU_Math_DUS

Mathematics is the music of reason. To do mathematics is to engage in an act of discovery and conjecture, intuition and inspiration; to be in a state of confusion— not because it makes no sense to you, but because you gave it sense and you still don’t understand what your creation is up to; to have a breakthrough idea; to be frustrated as an artist; to be awed and overwhelmed by an almost painful beauty; to be alive, damn it. Remove this from mathematics and you can have all the conferences you like; it won’t matter. Operate all you want, doctors: your patient is already dead.

Paul Lockhart: "A Mathematician's Lament"

This was mentioned in my recent TEDx talk called Why Mathematics?

Coarse Load ButtonFall 2017 Course page: AS.110.421 Dynamical Systems

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Mathematical Ancestry
Special Session: Dynamics of Mapping Classes on Moduli Spaces

To the woman who first taught me just how wonderful the world can be.... 

Thanks Mom..., for everything!

Lila Barbara Brown

March 15, 1929 - November 16, 2006

Thought for the moment:    Try strolling straightly on the surface of a donut.  If you are rational about it, you'll always wind up where you started.  If you aren't,  you never will.   

Last update: August 28, 2013