About my Reed (undergrad) thesis

As an undergrad math major I wrote a senior thesis called “The Abelian Group Structure on Elliptic Curves Saved My Life!” Sadly, I no longer have an electronic copy of my thesis. (I know, what a blithering idiot. But it was in the mid-1990s, before people kept everything electronically.)

So unless you live in Portland (where you can see it at the Reed library) or in Seattle (where you can borrow my copy) you’re out of luck except for the following info:

  • my thesis didn’t have any original research it because that was beyond my abilities as an undergraduate math major (and probably beyond my abilities, period :);
  • it was about Abelian curves and how they can be used to solve Knight’s problem; and
  • it was reasonably funny, e.g., it had a copy of “Math riots prove fun incalculable”, a 1993 Chicago Tribune article about Fermat’s Last Theorem, which was solved using Abelian curves.

2 responses to “About my Reed (undergrad) thesis”

  1. Did not know you were a math major! Can you talk more about the transition from math to econ? How did it happen? How much did you need to learn and how did the math background help you?

    I am a math student (although in grad school) and I am looking for econ/finance jobs after graduation (also the type of math I do is pure, very much like your senior undergrad thesis).

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