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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Way Out There Nerd Humor

On a group email thread that consists of my college frat brothers discussing one of the professors at out alma mater (MIT):

Frat Brother 1:
New York Times has article on Emmy Noether, who brought us noetherian rings.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/science/emmy-noether-the-most-significant-mathematician-youve-never-heard-of.html?_r=1&ref=science

[MIT Course]18.715 Homological Algebra (a)
Prereq: 18.706
Year: G (1)
3-0-9

Abelian categories, derived functors, spectral sequences, the functors Tor and Ext, cohomology of sheaves, homological properties of noetherian rings.
Frat Brother 2:
President Santorum will ban homological algebra in the Republic of Gilead.
Frat Brother 3:
not what i heard; he's just gonna rename it to "heterological algebra" as part of his "sanctity of math & family values" initiative.
And yes, I'm almost (but not quite) too ashamed to admit that I'm such a nerd that I broke out laughing hysterically when I read the last comment.

1 comment:

noah peal said...

for the record, here's the listing from an early-70s course catalog...




18.715 Homological Algebra (a)




Prereq: 18.706

Year: G (1)

3-0-9




Abelian categories, derived functors, spectral sequences, the functors Tor and Ext, cohomology of

sheaves, homological properties of noetherian rings. Grothendieck topologies, the derived category of

an abelian category, local duality theory, semi-simplicial methods and a unified cohomology theory for

algebraic sturctures. (Not offered 1973-74.)




D.G.Quillen