Some Things About Joseph Nebus

Dr Joseph Nebus is a more verbose mathematician than the evidence here demonstrates.

He’s started a blog in which he means to be funny on purpose.

His Twitter account is @Nebusj.

He is coauthor, with Professor Chjan Lim, of Vorticity, Statistical Mechanics, and Monte Carlo Simulation, which guides readers into statistical mechanics and inviscid fluid flow problems in a way which Vicentin D Radulescu described as “a convincing invitation to modern mathematical concepts and new techniques [ … ] useful and attractive to graduate students and teachers in this active field.” A second edition of this book is in process.

He is also coauthor, with Professor Lim and with Dr Xueru Ding, of Vortex Dynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Planetary Atmospheres, which focuses on the study of planetary atmospheres, particularly those of Jupiter, Venus, and Neptune, with tools built on the methods described above.

He’s a terrible ham radio operator who’s managed at times to achieve nearly three words per minute in transcribing Morse Code, if he’s allowed to go back and fill in obvious mistakes, like the letters missing from “M-L-BU C-L- – – – – -A”.

He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (as graduate student), at the College of Saint Rose (in Albany, New York), Ocean County College (in Toms River, New Jersey) and the National University of Singapore.

He reads the comic strip Mark Trail much more faithfully than any of his friends do, or advise.

He was a finalist for the Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor one year, and would have given it a fresh try afterwards except they keep changing the submission deadlines from under him.

He feels there is a distinct charm and dignity added to mathematics papers if their titles begin with “On”.

The inspiration for this blog was a gift from Aunt Evelyn, an “irrational watch” where symbols like e and π give approximations to the hours, and her claim that she didn’t know what any of the symbols meant. Provided my prose style holds out, she will.

26 thoughts on “Some Things About Joseph Nebus”

  1. hey there!

    Thank you for following my blog a few mths ago! I just wanna share with you that I have recently changed host (nearly died along the way :) ) and if you like, please come again to my blog and you can type in your email address as with the change in host from wordpress, new posts will not get delivered to your email address like the last time.

    So if you like posts to get delivered to your email address like the past, you have to type in your email again. It only appears in your reader now, so if that works for you, then it is ok.

    thank you


  2. I must admit to being totally petrified (I think literally!) of mathematics. And, again literally (I think!) most of your posts are Greek and Latin. But I just so love your way with words. Tramezium! Hah! I will come back for more … It’s a bit suicidal for a non math brain, but the English will keep me coming back!


    1. Oh, dear. I hope I’m not too terrifying. Mathematics offers a lot of wonderful chances to play with ideas and to notice surprising and fun results. I’d be glad if you’d give my writing — or other mathematics popularizers’ writing — a fair try.


      1. Indeed! If I don’t understand the mathematics, I at least love the language and your sense of humour! 😄 If reading your blog makes me a little less afraid of that esoteric subject, that will be a huge bonus!


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