About me

I’m a PhD student in mathematics, formerly at CUNY Graduate Center in New York, now at Queen Mary University in London.  My supervisor is Prof. Peter Cameron; I am currently researching graph and matroid polynomials, but have wide mathematical interests; specifically anything algebro-combinatorial.

When not doing maths (or putting off doing maths by writing a blog about doing maths) I like to cook, make sourdough bread, run, walk, attempt to make wine from things I forage whilst walking and running, and generally appreciate nature.  Before mathematics I studied music, and I still play the piano as often as possible.

A couple of years ago I also set up a small company called Trung Dong Coffee Co., selling Vietnamese coffee.  If you haven’t tried Vietnamese coffee (especially Trung Nguyen) then I can’t recommend it highly enough!  Unfortunately running a business has recently turned out not to be very compatible with an academic lifestyle (people apparently prefer their coffee-sellers to be in the same country as them most of the time), so this has recently been put on hold.


9 Responses to About me

  1. Kinman Yu says:

    Hi Adam,

    My name is Kinman, I am Fiona’s former colleague
    at SwissRe.

    I have a “OK” undergraduate background in pure math(real and complex analysis, abstract and linear algebra, number theory).

    I would like to know more about Automorphic Forms.
    I know it is an advanced topic that is not for my level…

    I am wondering if you can recommend me some textbooks to the subject? I mean, if I want to learn more about Automorphic Forms, how should I approach?


    • Adam Bohn says:

      Hi Kinman,

      Good to hear from you…and glad that you are thinking of taking up mathematics again.

      I’m afraid I’m the wrong person to ask about automorphic forms though! You’re right – it is quite an advanced topic, and has connections with complex analysis, number theory, group theory, topology….. My suggestion is to post a question on Math Overflow, asking what books people would recommend. There are a lot of well-respected mathematicians on that site, and there will certainly be a few who are experts in the subject.

      Good luck!

  2. Rahul Sharma says:

    Dear Sir,

    My name is Rahul Sharma.I am from India pursuing my Bachelor in Engineering in IT branch.I am currently working on a project “TO CONVERT MUSICAL NOTES INTO MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSIONS AND THEN USE IT TO ENCRYPTION OF THE DATA”.

    I would like to get deeper insight on the mechanism of encryption.kindly suggest me some books or if possible a person who can guide me for the same.
    Thanking you.

    With Regards,
    Rahul Sharma

    • Adam Bohn says:

      Hi Rahul,

      That sounds pretty fascinating! Although surely encryption is more usefully done with random patterns? Anyway I’m sorry: I’m afraid that I don’t actually know very much about many of the things I write about! And that includes any kind of encryption. Good luck with your degree.


  3. Rob Bohn says:


    I have really enjoyed reading all of your blogs….where have you been the last few months? Keep up the great work!


  4. Laila Witzgall says:

    Hi Adam,

    Your blog is fantastic, i really enjoy to read all your articles on this blog.

    I am a physics student in Portugal, still in second year, but i love maths and all it’s wonders, pretty sure i will post-graduate in mathematics.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Adam Bohn says:

      Thanks Laila! Unfortunately I haven’t exactly been diligent about updating it recently…but comments like yours help no end. I highly recommend studying maths, I think you will find it a lot neater and more satisfying than physics.

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