6:15 am Lethbridge, Alberta
I have just finished reading the next two chapters of "Prime Obsession" (chapters 5 & 6). Sunday mornings are a particularly refreshing time. The day has the cultural connotation of a day off, of an opportunity to relax and remove oneself from the demands of work. What better way than to play with some mathematics.
I have been reading for almost an hour (I began at about 6:15) and will use this value as as the start of this session. Now to think about making some notes. I want to attend to two different matters. One is the actual mathematics, which is presented in the odd-numbered chapters and the other is the historical context, which is in the odd-numbered chapters.
I have copied a Mathematics timeline web page that I began at the beginning of the year while building another web site, and will use this from now on while developing this web site.
8:25 am I have finished editing the mathematics timeline for this web site. I have yet to begin my actual notes for the two chapters. But first we will go for a morning walk and get some much needed exercise.
Total elapsed time: 2 hr 10 min.
I have begun reading "Prime Obsession" by John Derbyshire. I hope to stay with this book until the end and then return to Michael Spivak's "Calculus".
|I am about to create a schematic diagram of the content to this point.
This was a genuinely enjoyable activity. It is comforting to see how the various important ideas come together to yield the Prime Number Theorem. I have yet to begin my planned notes for today!
Total elapsed time: 1 hr 15 min.
Total elapsed time for the day: 3 hr 25 min