I am Patrick Stevens, a software engineer based in Hertfordshire, England. I used to be a mathematics student; I completed my BA+MMath at the University of Cambridge.
My CV can be given on request to those who have sufficient reason. References, postal address, telephone and so forth can be provided for employment purposes.
The posts of which I am most proud on this website are:
- The Ravenous (parody of The Raven)
- Slightly Silly Sylow Pseudo-Sonnets (poetical proof of the Sylow Theorems)
- Plot Armour (metafiction - not sure whether it makes the list or not, but the list is short so it needs padding)
- Thinking Styles (about how people think differently to each other)
- On Shakespeare (the foolishness of teaching Shakespeare in school to pupils of a young age)
- General Adjoint Functor Theorem (exposition on the GAFT and how it is actually a very natural theorem)
I have a Twitter account (used sporadically) which I am getting around to syndicating my posts at. My handle is @smaug12345.
I also have a fledgling Github account, but currently the only programming project of substance there is my solution to the Crossflip puzzle. I didn’t develop it using Github (or even git), but rather uploaded it fully-formed (I used Subversion as my version control system during the creation of that program). This website itself is a GitHub Page which is hosted on that account.
For email contact, you can contact me by taking my first name (in lowercase), and appending @patrickstevens.co.uk. I have a sadly under-used public key, but it is not very well signed because I have been unable [through lack of effort on my part] to find people to sign it.
I am very interested in maths. For instance, I am reasonably active on the Maths StackExchange, and I have solved a number of Project Euler problems (I am Smaug there). I also enjoy recreational thinking about computery things - on Hacker.org, I am laz0r, although I have run out of low-hanging fruit on that site and I haven’t returned to it for a while. (I have no idea what is wrong with the Hacker.org ranking engine - it fluctuates wildly without anyone actually submitting anything.)
I program recreationally in Mathematica, because it’s such a nice language, although I haven’t studied it formally and I am not necessarily familiar with its idioms. I have better-than-code-monkey experience in Python. I also use C#, and I used to use Delphi. I have used PHP in a fairly basic project (for A-level Computing, so I can’t release the code). I have a little experience in Java. I have dabbled in Objective-C, but not very heavily. I have contributed in Python to the open-source Endroid, and I am one of the primary implementors of Sextant; on Launchpad, I am ~patrickas.
I have an interest in rationality, philosophy, lifehacking, and the links between these. I like to play around with words and constrained writing (such as poetry).