Hi. I’m Jeff Morton. I am a mathematician with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. Until recently I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario. As of September 2010, I am a postdoctoral researcher at CAMGSD, a research centre at IST in Lisbon, Portugal. You can read more about my research and background at my website.
I’ve been interested in mathematics, physics, and philosophy – in some form or another – for as long as I can remember. In fact, I’m curious about nearly everything humans have discovered about and contributed to the world we live in: history, astronomy, biology, religion, politics, literature… I also read a lot, write some science fiction, have made music, and so on.
This blog is about me as a mathematician – a researcher and teacher. I became a mathematician because, out of all the things I’ve learned about, mathematics comes closest to being a really universal body of facts that enter into everything we learn and discover. Mathematics can be a bridge between the empirical sciences – especially physics, in some ways my favourite – and the ideal world of ideas and philosophy.