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Splash Biography


Major: Math, Statistics

College/Employer: UChicago

Year of Graduation: 2015

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Past Classes

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M1418: Cryptography 101: Use math to send secret messages in Splash Spring 15 (May. 02, 2015)
With just some basic algebra and arithmetic, we'll learn how to securely encrypt any message using the exact same method that banks and governments use today, called RSA encryption.

M1300: Thinking About Infinity in Splash Fall 2014 (Oct. 04, 2014)
Can you have something bigger than infinity? Do all things of infinite size have the same size? Are there more real numbers than integers? In this class, we'll develop a way to think about and answer these seemingly nonsensical questions.

M1290: Thinking About Infinity in Droplet Spring 2014 (May. 03, 2014)
Can you have something bigger than infinity? Do all things of infinite size have the same size? Are there more real numbers than integers? In this class we'll use mathematical rigor to give solid answers to these seemingly nonsensical questions.

C1189: Theories of Justice in Splash! Fall 2013 (Oct. 05, 2013)
Would you sacrifice one person to save five? How do you decide? The person to be sacrificed has as much right to live as the five. Yet sacrificing the one lets more people live happy lives. In this class, we'll talk about different theories of justice to help us answer tough questions like this. After thinking about moral philosophy, we'll see how (or if!) it helps us construct a just society.

H1103: The Philosophy of Death: Why is death bad—or is it? in Cascade! Winter 2013 (Jan. 29, 2013)
People generally view the deaths of others with sorrow or anger and view their own death with terror. But is the assumption that death is bad really justified? Is our inevitable end as terrible as we think? In this class, we will discuss and challenge this intuition by scrutinizing several theories about whether death is bad or not. After pondering this central question, we will discuss related topics, including immortality, suicide, and emotional responses to death.

C1005: Buddhism 101 in Splash! Fall 2012 (Oct. 06, 2012)
"Buddhism" may call to mind bald monks, karate, this old guy named after... a llama?, sitting cross-legged and saying "OHMMMMMMMMMM", and some jolly fat dude. But Buddhism is more: it's a religion, it's a philosophy, it's a way of living. The teachings of Buddhism are radically different from Western attitudes and thought, but they can bring us the insight and inner peace we seek. This class will explain some key concepts in Buddhism and what they mean to our lives, and will end with group meditation!

M1014: Nuclear Game Theory in Splash! Fall 2012 (Oct. 06, 2012)
(Disclaimer: This is not about video games or board games. But it's still awesome.) The Cold War was a delicate and dangerous time. The threat of nuclear apocalypse loomed constantly overhead, and the world seemed always on the brink of utter destruction. But was there ever really a risk of nuclear annihilation? We use the mathematical tools of game theory to try to answer this question. After a brief introduction to game theory, we'll see how it applies to Cold War and current nuclear policy, and come to some striking conclusions.

S860: Dark Matter: An Invisible Part of our Universe We're Just Beginning to See in Splash! Fall 2011 (Oct. 01, 2011)
You’ve heard the term thrown around as one of those crazy new discoveries in cosmology, but what IS dark matter? What does it do? And how do we know it exists? Scientists predict that there's five times as much dark matter as there is regular matter, which means many laws of physics and chemistry may apply only to a fraction of the cosmos. It seems like our place in the universe is ever shrinking, but our understanding of the mechanisms governing it expands with theories like this on the frontiers of science. While not everything is known about dark matter, this class will shed some light on this mysterious substance. (I’m sorry, astrophysics puns aren’t easy.) We will discuss galactic rotation curves, gravitational lensing, the role of dark matter in forming cosmic structures, dark matter’s possible compositions, and alternative theories without dark matter.