UCLA Department of Mathematics

Joseph Breen



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About

Welcome! I am a 6th year Ph.D. student in the department of mathematics at UCLA working under the advisement of Ko Honda. I graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from Northwestern University in 2016. My research interests are in contact and symplectic geometry.

Here is a copy of my CV: (pdf)

You can find and contact me at:



Preprints and Publications



Teaching

I am currently not teaching anything in Fall 2021. However, I am still having office hours! If you are a former student or know me from elsewhere, please feel free to stop by to say hi or ask questions about any kind of math.

Beginning Thursday, September 23rd:
In-person office hour (MS 6160):
  • Wednesday 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Thursday 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WARNING: If you are a former student from the before times, my office has changed! I am no longer on the 3rd floor of MS; I've been moved to MS 6160 on the 6th floor.
Zoom office hour (click here for Zoom link):
  • Monday 8:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Helpful links for courses I am not teaching right now:

YouTube channel: Joe Breen Math. There are many videos about Math 32B on this channel, as well as some for 31B and 32A, including some prerecorded videos about topics as well as recordings of livestreamed final review sessions for all three courses.
Math 115A:
  • In Spring 2021, I was an instructor for Math 115A. I wrote a set of notes on what we covered in the course, linked here: (pdf).
  • All of my lectures were recorded, and they are available in a private playlist. If you want access to the recordings, just let me know.
Math 32AH:
  • In Fall 2020, I was the instructor for Math 32AH. I wrote a fairly extensive set of notes on what we covered in the course, linked here: Advanced Differential Multivariable Calculus. Currently a work in progress, but it does contain everything we covered in the course.
  • All of my lectures were recorded, and they are available in a private playlist. If you want access to the recordings, just let me know.
Math 31B:
Math 32A:
Math 32B:
In Spring 2020 I was a TA for an online 32B course, and throughout the quarter I made many videos about 32B. Here is a link to the full playlist of videos. They start out low-quality, but as I became a better video editor they improve over time.


Music

Perhaps my main contribution to the world of math is mathematical music. Here is a link to a YouTube playlist of all of the songs I've made so far, which includes songs about LaTeX, mathematical love, the Fourier transfom, TQFTs, knot theory, contact geometry, calculus, and more.

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