Michael Andrews, UCLA

(my cover of "Rational Gaze" by Meshuggah)

A picture of Michael Andrews

I am a PIC assistant adjunct professor at UCLA. I completed my undergraduate at the University of Oxford and my PhD at MIT under the supervision of Haynes Miller. My resume is here.


Office: MS 7935
Email: mjandr at maths.ucla.edu but make it a little less British by deleting the s


This Winter, I am teaching PIC16.
Last Fall, I taught PIC10A.
Previously, I have taught Math 115A, Math 95, and Math 131A (many, many times).
I have also taught Math 117, Math 31A, Math 31B, and Math 32B.
You can have a laugh about what my students say about me here and here.

Music, Audio, and Video

I am obsessed with music and audio. Don't talk to me about Meshuggah or Car Bomb rhythms, or DSP (digital signal processing) unless you have a couple of hours available.


I play metal guitar. The recording at the top of the page was made with my M80M, my Scarlett Solo, Logic Pro X, Archetype Nolly, and Meshuggah drum tracks. My most recent original guitar track (recorded with my RGIB6) is available here. Before my Scarlett Solo and Archetype Nolly, I recorded this original.

Electronic music

Although I am currently more focussed on the guitar, for years, I have made electronic music. A general correlation is that the more recent the electronic music, the more math I used to make it! My "best" music can be found here.

One time, I made a track featuring Kathryn Hess. A mathematical process called convolution was used to help create this from conference talks which we gave at Union College.


My desire to create audiovisual art was the reason that I started to code. I have a webpage dedicated to this art: michael-j-andrews.com.

Math work


New families in the homotopy of the motivic sphere spectrum, easily accessible version
Inverting the Hopf map - with Haynes Miller, easily accessible version

My thesis

The v1-periodic part of the Adams spectral sequence at an odd prime
The draft

Some pictures of spectral sequence E2 pages

Thank you to Yan Zhang for help with plotting the first two.
E2 page for the v1 periodic sphere at 5 - you'll need to wait for it to load and zoom out a lot
E2 page for the v1 periodic sphere at 7 - you'll need to wait for it to load and zoom out a lot
Generating the Adams E2 page at 2


BPcobar made by Amelia Perry.


A talk on Mahowald's eta_j elements - some notes for a talk I gave at the Thursday seminar in Harvard.