Books That Got Me Interested in Math

I always feel that I became a mathematician accidentally. But in retrospect, since I was a kid, I did read serial books about mathematics and mathematicians and has always been drawn to a career and life in mathematics. Below are the books which ignore my interest. Nature’s Numbers: The Unreal Reality Of Mathematics Nature’s Numbers This book by Ian Stewart has some interesting facts about the nature of mathematics. It has been decades since I read it, but I still remember that I was awe-filled when I learned form the book that Fibonacci sequences appear the arrangement of a pine cone....

<span title='2023-10-17 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>October 17, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;Xing Shi Cai

Stein's Method

I recently give two seminars for DKU’s Discrete Math Seminar on Stein’s method. Here are my slides for the 1st talk and the 2nd talk.

<span title='2022-12-16 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>December 16, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;Xing Shi Cai

Women in Math and Computer Science Seminar

About the seminar The seminar has three purposes – Introduce research areas in mathematics and computer science to students of DKU (Duke Kunshan University) who would like to study in graduate school. Give student a sense of what is like to purse a PhD degree in a foreign country. Encourage female students to consider studying math and computer science. The seminar is designed to be accessible to students with only basic college level mathematics and computer science knowledge....

<span title='2021-10-03 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>October 3, 2021</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;Xing Shi Cai

Finding An Academic Job As a Mathematician

I started searching for a permanent position academic position since last July and eventually got an offer in February. Here are some of my thoughts about the process. Tips There is very high competitions in academics. Be ready to leave for the industry at any time. Learning some practical skills that can help you get a job outside universities. Apply early. The pandemic slows things down a lot. Do not apply for too many jobs....

<span title='2021-02-21 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>February 21, 2021</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;Xing Shi Cai