ESP Biography

ADAM CATTO, Math Enthusiast / Badass MC

Major: Mathematics / Philosophy

College/Employer: Stony Brook University

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a second-year undergraduate student at Stony Brook University, in NY, studying Mathematics and Philosophy. I'm interested in a lot of things, but my main interests lie at the intersection of physics and theoretical computer science, and its applications to biology and philosophy of mind.

I attended Splash 2013 and 2014 as a student; they were amazing experiences, and I hope I can take part in making your experience just as fun!

I became interested in these fields as a result of studying the work of people like Chaitin, Douglas Hofstadter, Max Tegmark, and, most predominantly, Kurt Godel and Alan Turing. Consequently, I will be teaching some classes that discuss their work and why it was so revolutionary. I'm really passionate about this stuff, and I'll consider it a success to inspire at least one person to learn more about this.

Please DO NOT HESITATE to email me at adam (dot) catto (at) stonybrook (dot) edu, if you have any questions about the stuff I've mentioned here or in class, or just want to chat!

Past Classes

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M10680: Oh My Godel! Kurt Godel's Life, Philosophy, and Mathematics in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Kurt Godel was considered by many to be the greatest logician of the 20th century, and the greatest logician since Aristotle. Additionally, he was an exceptional philosopher, and had a really amazing and tragic life. We will explore some of his life and his most famous work, and will probably touch upon some work of his contemporaries.

C10684: A Crash Course in Logic and Computability in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
We'll go over the fundamentals of propositional and predicate logic, formal languages, Turing Machines, and hopefully cellular automata, time permitting.