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Thank you, but Making Light already took the test for determining your place in the afterlife according to Dante’s *Divine Comedy*, which in my opinion just automates and regularizes what everyone does when they read it anyway. I hope but do not presume that the test results were accurate, and therefore won’t report them.

It insists that I’m Saunders Mac Lane’sYou are lost in a forest. What do you do?— Navigate your way to safety using the sun as a compass.

— Keep wandering—you’ll find your way out eventually!

— Sit and wait for a search party to find you.

— I’m not lost in a forest, I’m sitting at my computer.

I was Knot Theory. I just wish I knew what that means...

I'm Knot Theory, too. I bet it's the supermarket question.

*Algebraic Geometry: A First Course* Which, if this is supposed to be grad school, I can't help thinking sounds a little remedial.

*It insists that I92m Saunders Mac Lane92s Categories for the Working Mathematician*

Hey, that's the one I got too! Does this make us twins?

MKK

I'm also Categories for the Working Mathematician. We should form a society, or perhaps a band.

I can also be Categories, but just by navigating my way through the forest instead I become Foundations of Differentiable Manifolds and Lie Groups (which I couldn't navigate my way through with a GPS).

*Knot Theory* as well, which is odd as I never got anywhere in topology--my graduate math program was in computational methods. Still, this **is** one of the better what-are-you tests I've seen.

---L.

I, too, am *Foundations of Differentiable Manifolds and Lie Groups,* perhaps due to navigating through the woods.

Funny thing, though: I've more personal experience with differentiable manifolds and Lie groups than I do with navigating through the woods.

I'm *Measure Theory*, which if I'm reading right is a sort of flakey, head-in-the-clouds kinda math text.

I'm also *Measure Theory*, which sounded to me like an unconventional and intriguing look at a normally mundane subject. I'm almost tempted to run out and get a copy.

This reminds me of my astrologer-friends description of the three temperaments (Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable). Three Boy Scouts, one of each temperament, are lost in the woods (separately).

The Cardinal Boy Scout picks a direction, and uses his compass to walk a straight line until he gets out of the woods.

The Fixed Boy Scout makes a signal fire and waits for rescue.

The Mutable Boy Scout decides to live in the woods.

I'm "Linear Representations of Finite Groups" -- My mathematical education stopped at probability and statistics, so I'm barely numerate... I thought "Linear Representations of Finite Groups" sounded dull and simple, then I looked into it. Wow. Almost wishing I had gone on to math.

I could have truthfully answered several of the questions in different ways, so I tried a few honest alternative answer sets: I am also "An Introduction to Knot Theory" or "Modern Graph Theory."

I found some very interesting stuff on graph theory through google, and I'm now tempted to buy some books and pick up my math education where I dropped it fifteen years ago.

Thanks for posting this item -- I had no idea it would lead to this much entertainment.

Yours sincerely,

Linear Representations of Finite Groups

Interesting, I'm also Saunder Mac Lane's Categories for the Working Mathemetician. Wierd for someone who got a 450 on her Math SAT.... but nearly perfect on the Verbal portion.

I'm *Foundations of Differentiable Manifolds and Lie Groups.* Whatever that/those is/are.

Hmm, I seem to be Linear Representations of Finite Groups as well. This is one of the better online tests I've taken as I admire how a small number of questions produces these results.

I'm *A Basic Course in Algebraic Topology*.

This reminds me that I owe my nephew a letter (or e-mail); he's recently decided to be a math major. {croggle} I need to tell him about this test!

Oh dear. I'm David Eisenbud's _Commutative Algebra with a View Toward Algebraic Geometry_. This is not true. First, I learnt what little commutative algebra I know from Atiyah's's book (which wasn't publiished by Springer, though). Second, I'm a complex analyst by training: Kleinian groups and Teichmuller space.

Well, it could have been worse. I could have labelled a K-theorist.

*Measure Theory*. Which, given the name of my journal, is fitting.

I'm sending you this note via comments instead of email, because this morning I can't access my regular email account, but for some reason I can still cruise the Web. Anyway, I was experimenting with the "poetry" site at http://cmdrtaco.net/poemgen.cgi, a link gleaned from BoingBoing.net, and playfully inserted the URL for your weblog into the poetry generator. You might be amused at this e.e. cummings-like word doily it created. (ObMathText: I came out as *Categories* too.)

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I'm also Foundations of Differentiable Manifolds and Lie Groups. Sounds like sychronized team lying about car parts is my role in life.

If I pick the Alhambra, I'm Modern Graph Theory. If I go with the 2nd choice Pyramid of Giza, Representation Theory: A First Course.

I got Saunders Mac Lane's Categories for the Working Mathematician, which I suppose isn't unreasonable. I didn'[t like most of the answers available.... e.g., shopping I do a relative of a random walk as I remember what I was gong to the store to get, and try to remember where in the store those things might be, and than I get reminded of something else.... reading the paper, I don't really turn to any of those sections. Etc.

On the other hand, my degree's in applied math, so... most of the others things people listed are Theoretical Math texts, not aimed at applied mathematicians.... for all I know, the book above might be, too, but... [Graph Theory does have a lot of applications, however. Algebraic Topology is definite theory, so is Lie Groups, Measure Theory, etc.]

I got Saunders Mac Lane's Categories for the Working Mathematician, which I suppose isn't unreasonable. I didn'[t like most of the answers available.... e.g., shopping I do a relative of a random walk as I remember what I was gong to the store to get, and try to remember where in the store those things might be, and than I get reminded of something else.... reading the paper, I don't really turn to any of those sections. Etc.

On the other hand, my degree's in applied math, so... most of the others things people listed are Theoretical Math texts, not aimed at applied mathematicians.... for all I know, the book above might be, too, but... [Graph Theory does have a lot of applications, however. Algebraic Topology is definite theory, so is Lie Groups, Measure Theory, etc.]

Andy, there'd be small excuse for a mathematician who couldn't generate complex results from a short list of questions.

I, too, am the Differential Manifolds book. This makes me happy because this is a very good book and got me through my manifold theory class.

It appears that I am William S. Massey's A Basic Course in Algebraic Topology.

Of course, I am so innumerate I'm not even sure what Algebraic Topology is. So a basic course would be just about right.

I hope I'm tastefully designed, with a well-made index and many useful illustrations.

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