Monday, September 24, 2012

First day of school

Today I began my second year of mathematics at Portland State University.

Appropriately, during my trek to class I was greeted by what I presume was Pyrrharctia isabella, the Banded Woolly Bear, which is also known as the First-Day-of-School Caterpillar. 
Pyrrharctia isabella is especially noteworthy for students of mathematics, as its bristle configuration provided Alte Selberg with key inspiration in the formulation of his zeta function conjecture.*


*Note: some facts described in this blog entry may be completely false.

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