### hēg denu

The old english words from which my name is derived,*hēg*'hay' +*denu*'valley'.-
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# Category Archives: Mathematics

## The beginning of the end

Today I officially started writing my Ph.D. dissertation. That’s to say, I created a latex document, organised a bit of formatting and the structure for chapters and what-not. Then I actually starting writing. This was really just re-writing some work … Continue reading

## About talking to mathematicians

This week I read a couple of blog posts relating to mathematicians. The first is How to talk to a mathematician from Math with Bad Drawings (by Ben Orlin), and the second is titled Mathematicians are chronically lost and confused (and … Continue reading

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Tagged Math with Bad Drawings, Mathematicians ∩ Programmers
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## Another decade on: 2013 (part 2)

We’re back for part 2 of my recap of 2013. You can find part 1 here. In case anyone couldn’t work it out, the event of the year was… On the 10th of September, Andrea defended her Ph.D. thesis in … Continue reading

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Tagged 2013, Australia, Christmas, End of year recap, France, Luxembourg, PhD, PhD defence, Spain, UAE, Weddings
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## Another decade on: 2013 (part 1)

It’s just about the end of 2013, and time for a post about the year. It’s been a big year, full of new experiences for me and especially for Andrea. In January I finished up my stay in Paderborn with … Continue reading

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Tagged 2013, 30th Birthday, End of year recap, Germany, Spain, STNB 2013, UK, USA
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## It is insufficient to protect ourselves with laws

Many years ago, the security researcher Bruce Schneier wrote the following, oft quoted, statement It is insufficient to protect ourselves with laws; we need to protect ourselves with mathematics. Later on, I read that he had changed his opinion somewhat, and … Continue reading

## Number Theory in Cryptography Summer School

Last week I was in Warwick for a summer school on number theory in cryptography. All the speakers were fantastic and I had a great time learning about some of the cryptographic applications of number theory and also trying my … Continue reading

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Tagged Cryptography, England, Number Theory, University of Warwick
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## Dry ink

Today I signed a contract with the university. I now officially have a scholarship to continue by PhD! Really, it’s more like a fellowship, there is a teaching obligation (which I’ll start after the northern summer) and what I’ve signed … Continue reading

## Jetzt in Paderborn

Well, to top off my busy month, and get this site to within a week of current events, I’m now in Paderborn. I’ll be here at the Universität Paderborn for the next four months doing a research stay as part … Continue reading

## Tenth Algorithmic Number Theory Symposium

At the beginning of July I went to San Diego for the 10th Algorithmic Number Theory Symposium (ANTS-X). It was a week of meeting a group of number theorists from around the world (lots from Sydney which surprised me). I … Continue reading