Rhapsody in Numbers

Explorations of mathematical beauty and the aesthetic of the abstract.

About this Website

The intent of this website is to discuss interesting or beautiful mathematics. This is explained in a bit more detail in the post Mathematics and Beauty, which should be considered a starting point when reading through this website.

Fractals are of particular interest to the author, and have been discussed at some length on this website. This has resulted in a series of short articles on the Mandelbrot set and its relatives as well as a semi-regular series Monday Mandelbrot Madness (MMM), which is devoted to showing off aesthetically pleasing fractal images. In addition to the MMM series, there is a gallery which collects some of the best images that have appeared on this site. More ramblings can be found in the journal section of the site.

About the Author

Xander completed a masters degree in mathematics at the University of Nevada, Reno in the spring of 2013, and is currently working in the department as an adjunct. He is rather enamored of mathematics, and views the subject as an avocation as much as an academic pursuit or career. One manifestation of that interest in mathematics is this website—a project which he started in order to share some of his thoughts with a wider audience, consisting primarily of his high school aged sister.

In addition to mathematics, Xander has a wide range of interests, including aerobatic flight, anthropology, bad puns, and gaming. Any of these topics, among others, are fair game in this space. Finally, for those that are interested, some additional biographical information: Xander currently lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife and daughter, a cat, and a Great Dane. He can be reached at xander AT yozh DOT org (replace words with symbols, as appropriate).