# Tim Mesikepp

5th-year math PhD student

**Office:**Padelford C-34

**Email:**mesiket(at)uw.edu

- Winter 2019: TA for Math 395B
- Fall 2018: TA for Math 308 OA, OB, OC
- Summer 2018: Math 308E and Math 530B
- Spring 2018: TA for Complex Analysis, M536
- Winter 2018: TA for Complex Analysis, M535
- Fall 2017: TA for Complex Analysis, M534
- Summer 2017: Math 308E
- Spring 2017:
*Not teaching* - Winter 2017: Math 324D
- Fall 2016: Math 324C
- Summer 2016: Math 324A

My research is in complex analysis, working under Steffen Rohde. I study conformal mappings, the zipper algorithm and Loewner energy. I am also interested in Belyi functions, Shabat polynomials and their connections to complex analysis and number theory. Side interests include the Gaussian Free Field, Schramm-Loewer Evolution and probability theory. I previously worked in convex geometry in the flavor of Richard Gardner, my advisor at WWU.

I am a full-blooded Washingtonian and have a BS and MS in math from Western Washington University. I've been studying at UW since 2013, aside from a year off in 2015-2016 to teach in Bangladesh.

I love teaching and I really enjoy math; I can say with J.J. Sylvester, "I really love my subject." I appreciate the deep aesthetic nature of mathematics; I do not believe that we should sharply distinguish between math and art. Betrand Russell once said that mathematics has "a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture," but I see it as something richer, more like a symphony or a great violin concerto.

In my free time I enjoy reading, running, studying languages, photography, cooking and spending time with friends. Also, an important aspect of who I am is that I am a Christian. I am so thankful that Jesus is slowly changing me. I worship at Trinity Church Seattle.

- Alexander Grothendieck

"Banach once told me, 'Good mathematicians see analogies between theorems or theories, the very best ones see analogies between analogies.'"

- S.M. Ulam

"The purpose of proof is to understand, not to verify."

- Arnold Ross

"May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as the music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life."

- James Joseph Sylvester

"In analysis you don't work with complicated things, just simple approximations of complicated things."

- Don Marshall

"The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve. We should be grateful for it and hope that it will remain valid in future research and that it will extend, for better or for worse, to our pleasure, even though perhaps also to our bafflement, to wide branches of learning."

- Eugene Wigner

"If you are not prepared to spend a long time (years) on the same question you will never achieve anything deep. But at some point you must throw in the towel."

- Lennart Carleson