About me

I was born in 1973 in Copenhagen. My parents were children of their time, and I remember my first years in one of the strongholds of Danish hippie culture, the district of Brumleby. In the seventies, these apartments had no bathrooms and only shared toilets in the yard. But the area was completely car-free, so we children could run around and play as we wanted (and so could the adults, by all means).

Just before I was to start school, we moved to the countryside in a small remote municipality in Jutland. I grew up surrounded by farmers and got to see the daily chores being dictated by the seasons. When it was harvest time, everyone got up extra early and worked until late in the evening. During the winter there was more free time. We children drove tractors in the fallow fields and built huts in the forest. We played in barns, machine halls and stables, and when it was snowing, we went sledding on the many slopes that are common in this part of the country.

I quickly learned to read, and the imaginative world of books got a lot of space during the rest of my childhood. At the same time, I loved singing, and I loved homework. However, my relationship with primary school as an institution was ambivalent. On the one hand I wanted to learn as much as I could, on the other hand I was an unprincipled prankster who loved to provoke the teachers and cause all kinds of problems. I thought the teaching pace was too low, and everyday life at school was usually boring – so I spiced it up with various mischiefs. I had little respect for authorities (and still have, for better or worse).

During my early teen years, I was basically ready to run away. I remember that I wanted to get out and see the world, experience the world. But my young age prevented me from doing this. Instead, I fantasized about my future, and I had several fictional life stories to choose from when the everyday life became too grey.

As soon as I turned 18, I dropped out of high school, moved to the city Aarhus, and started looking for exciting people. Within a couple of years, I realized that there were plenty of such individuals both at the university and in the music industry.

A human being consists of several (partially overlapping) parts. Below is a brief presentation of what I consider to be my most important parts.

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+ The math part

I have always loved numbers. By the age of three I had learned to count to 1000, and by the age of eight, I solved my first quadratic equation. Then it stopped because of the creativity-killing effect elementary school has on many kids, and it wasn't until high school that I found my way back to mathematics. I eventually realized that I wanted to be a mathematician (which I didn't become).

At Aarhus University, I studied basic mathematical analysis and linear algebra. At the same time, I became particularly interested in number theory. I remember that in my spare time, I delved into the old texts (Euler, Gauss, Lagrange, and others), and eventually I came to Hilbert's problem, Russel's paradox, Gödel's incompleteness theorems, and the Turing machine. It became clear to me that axiomatic systems were my main area of interest. I still love the days when I get the chance to step away from everything (except the espresso machine) and geek out on mathematical logic and metamathematics. I've also come up with a few things over the years (see the Essays section).

At the University of Gothenburg, I studied logic, abstract algebra, and more analysis, but eventually the computer science questions took over, and I changed my direction. Then the music took over – and then I started OffCircle, and suddenly another fifteen years had passed.

Mathematics remains an important part of my life. I still give popular science lectures on mathematics and logic. In addition, I have held workshops in programming for math teachers where the focus is on problem solving and the use of automation as a mathematical tool.

Brute force is a disreputable problem-solving method in mathematics. But the facts remain, many problems can be solved quickly with a well-optimized script instead of many hours of thinking. If the programming is combined with a careful analysis of the mathematical situation (or model), I believe brute force can be an elegant solution, and I often manage to solve problems in this unconventional way. Sometimes pragmatism wins out over theory, at least when it comes to short-term speed and cost-effectiveness.

I plan to eventually get involved in the (more or less public) debate that ocassionally blows up regarding the education system's relationship to basic mathematical skills. We need good mathematicians in the future. But teaching things that are outright wrong and prioritizing so-called digital learning aids over old-fashioned paper-and-pencil deduction counteract this goal. Mathematics is an exact science that requires precise definitions, concentration, and patience.

+ The programming part

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+ The music part

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+ The text part

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+ The graphical part

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