There hasn't been much activity in the math forum recently. We lost an active contributor in Guitarist, and the knowledgeable river_rat hasn't shown his face for a while. Most of the discussion now is between Demen Tolden and myself, with a smattering of bit4bit and, as is to be expected, a small dash of cranks. There are clearly a couple of lurkers (not that I'm not begging you all to come out of hiding... okay, I guess I am).

I suppose the problem may be the lack of new topics. And I just realized I've never authored one, so I may as well kill two birds with one stone. Dear reader, indulge me...

Who are you? What sort of background do you have in math? What are your favorite topics? What are you working on at the moment--mathwise or otherwise?

And I must first divulge my own answers to these questions. I'm an American graduate student expecting to get my doctorate in Spring 2009. My favorite topic and current area of research is algebraic number theory; algebra in general appeals to me, although I am also in awe of the beauty of the complex numbers and seem to remember enjoying measure theory back in the day. Currently, I'm working on some problems in modular forms--nowadays I'm mostly scouring the literature, learning the results and picking up the necessary tools. In addition to research, my duties as a grad student also include teaching, which I rather enjoy. In general, I enjoy talking about math. Which is why I come to this forum. To talk about math.

Now you go.