Today I Learned

Some of the things I've learned every day since Oct 10, 2016



About this:

A while ago I decided I wanted to do something like the Everyday projects that have been done by Beeple and other visual artists. This project was the closest analog I could think of for someone like myself who isn’t an artist but instead does math and writes code all day.

The deal is that every day I make myself learn something I didn’t know the day before, and then I make myself write about it here.

The primary goal of learning something new every day is to maintain personal momentum, i.e. “no zero days”. However, there’s also the added benefit of my knowledge base getting branched out, where my natural tendency is to stay stuck in small areas.

The purpose of posting everything online is just to hold myself accountable and make sure I actually do this, especially on the days where I super don’t want to. (There are in fact a lot of days I haven’t posted here. This is because I frequently do things like backpacking in the middle of nowhere, where there’s just no way I’m going to get an internet connection, so I have to just go on the honor system those days.)

About me (a person):


I have no idea what I’m laughing at in this pic

My name’s Zach and I study math and computer science at Berkeley. Other than that, I’m into playing guitar, seeing music shows, backpacking, snowboarding, and generally having a good time and enjoying things.

My general interests include metamathematics, information, and intelligence. At their intersection, I’m ultimately interested in designing intelligence capable of doing creative mathematics.

If you’d like to chat about anything, email me at


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