ESP Biography



NATHANIEL MATHEWS, Musician/Mathematician/Poet/Astrophysics student.




Major: Computational Mathematics

College/Employer: Rochester Institute of Technology

Year of Graduation: 2015

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

In high school, I studied theater. Now in college, I study mathematics and creative writing. Also astronomy. Really anything interesting. Because life is about learning; let's do some of that together.



Past Classes

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A History of Middle Earth: The First Age in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Learn all about the "Legendarium" of Tolkien: Who are the Valar; where do the Elves come from; what's this kinslaying everybody keeps talking about? Tolkien scholars of all experience levels are welcome -- perhaps you've read The Silmarillion, perhaps you've only seen The Hobbit movies. We can all learn stuff about Middle Earth!


Poetry Workshop in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Come chill and write poetry. You don't need to have a lot of poetry experience, but do expect to write poetry, and share some of what you've written with the rest of us. Writing and listening are both vital to helping us all grow as poets. All styles are welcome!


History of Middle Earth: The Second and early Third Ages in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
We'll talk about the rise and (tragic) fall of Numenor, Isildur, and lots of other neat things! You don't need to know anything at all about Tolkien's world before coming in -- you might have read The Silmarillion, or maybe you've only seen The Hobbit movies. We'll talk about it all!


A Brief History of Middle Earth in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
A 4-hour saunter through Tolkien's vivid mythology, including an overview of the Quenta Silmarillion, Narn i Chin Hurin and the Fall of Numenor - the Akallabeth. The session will feel more like a history class than a literature class: we won't be talking so much about Tolkien's inspiration and hidden meanings (though if the class is interested, I'd love to talk about those things too!) so much as we'll discuss the timeline and events in exciting, realistic and lively ways. You don't have to be some sort of Lord of the Rings scholar for this class - anybody is welcome!


Poetry Workshop in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
A chill, intimate workshop setting where people can come and write, and share their work for constructive, friendly peer critique. Everyone must write; you only have to share if you want to. Beat, spoken word, traditional or all other forms of poetry are welcome.