# Mathematical Diversions

A collection of mathematical miscellany that diverts me from my main research interests. Some of the posts are interesting (to me) mathematical problems with their solutions. Others are mostly recreational things that distracted me at one time or another. The intended audience for posts in this category are my sole self, and so I make no great effort to polish the writing. Do send me an email with questions if you find anything here interesting or confusing.

### Traceless general relativity

A quick summary of the traceless version of general relativity.

### The Nirenberg Trick and Wave Maps

The "Nirenberg trick" or "Nirenberg transformation" is the observation1 that the semilinear wave equation …

### Convergence to Planewaves for Solutions to Schrödinger's equation III

In this installment, we look at Schrödinger's equation with barriers, and study the decay of the solutions.

### Convergence to Planewaves for Solutions to Schrödinger's equation II

We use Laplace transform arguments to look at the convergence of infinite energy solutions of the free 1D Schrödinger's equation …

### Convergence to Planewaves for Solutions to Schrödinger's equation

We look at the convergence of infinite energy solutions of the free 1D Schrödinger's equation to plane waves.

### Poohsticks and differential geometry

Random thought: Poohsticks illustrates well Lie differentiation

### Joris' Theorem

A proof is given of Joris' theorem, which states that if two coprime powers of a function are both smooth, then so is the original …

### When are curves tangent to hypersurfaces?

Given a curve and a hypersurface, both in Euclidean space, how can we tell if the curve is tangent to the hypersurface?

### Torsion, curvature, and parallel transport

An expository note on the notions of curvature and torsion of a general linear connection on the tangent bundle.

### Simulating Closed Cosmic Strings

One of my current research interests is in the geometry of constant-mean-curvature time-like submanifolds of Minkowski space. A special …