Here is my family's claim of fame! Little known historical fact: My father Atok Karaali was the
first Turkish person to ever set foot upon Antarctica. (8/13/13: I just updated the link and it is now working again.)
In the rest of this page you can find links about my life and places
dear to me and sites that I like and other miscellaneous stuff. Enjoy!
When I was much younger...
Üsküdar Amerikan Lisesi
Here is the homepage of my beloved high school! This is where I first fell in love
with the idea of a liberal arts education.
Üsküdar'a Gider iken - Katibim
- This is the YouTube link for the classic Turkish song "Katibim"
(more colloquially known as "Üsküdar'a Gider iken") sung by Eartha Kitt. You can
find a more traditional version here; this is sung by the wonderful Safiye Ayla.
When I was a bit older (but not wiser), I went off to college:
This is the homepage of my undergraduate institution, click here if you
want to see how beautiful a campus can be!
Boğaziçi University Caving Club
As an active and energetic undergrad I used to go into caves and marvel
at their beauty (Really, they are cool!) Here is a link to BUMAK, the university
club that introduced me to this new underground world...(The page is mainly in Turkish, so you will
see some funny characters along with the usual letters of the English alphabet).
Then I came to Berkeley...
University of California at Berkeley
I had to start with this one...
Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science at UC Berkeley
This is a link to my original reason for being in the USA, a very good interdisciplinary
program in logic. I first came to the US to do research in logic, but its
abstractness made me stray to more mainstream math. I still think logic
is beautiful though I was not made for it.
UC Berkeley Mathematics Department
And this is THE place! I learned tons of things, I met tons of
I ate tons of sushi (Ok, maybe that did not happen at Evans Hall...) These have
been perhaps the most interesting years of my life so far...
... but Istanbul is always on my mind
Take a look at these photos and see why I did not feel too homesick during all those years in
graduate school in the
Bay Area! The bridges across the Bosphorus were built much later than the
Golden Gate bridge, so they were perhaps inspired by it. Still I think
Istanbul is more beautiful than ever with its bridges.
And then ...
University of California at Santa Barbara
Here is the next stop in my journey. Again an amazing campus... Of course I did not move to UCSB for
its lagoon, but it is nice to have beauty around you while you work.
UCSB Mathematics Department
My department for a couple of years..
Santa Barbara Beaches
While at UC Santa Barbara, I used to take walks on the beach (there were
many beaches around, but this
one was 15 minutes away from my home, that is the one I usually
could be found on every weekend).
This is my new home! A cozy beautiful campus with wonderful people! Who
knew SoCal could be so green and friendly?
Math at Pomona
No need for introductions; this is the homepage for the math department
The Claremont Colleges
Pomona is one of the five undergraduate colleges that make up the
Claremont Consortium. Founded in 1887 it is the oldest sister in the
My days in Claremont, California...
I am paid to do two things I love doing: Research and teaching. And then there
are some other things I do for
nothing but the pure joy of it... Besides these, like every other person, I read books, I watch movies.
Some Pages I Use Often
The National Sciences Digital Library: NSF's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
education and research
: search engine for matters nonmathematical
* Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
: online dictionary for quick reference
: online encyclopedia for quick reference
: online bookstore
The Libraries of the Claremont Colleges: My current libraries :)
Some Links about Turkish Stuff
* About Turkey
in general : Extensive homepage of the Turkish embassy in Washington
Turkish Music : I have not really visited it too often yet, but
that is because I don't have a sound card yet :)
of the Orient : An interesting site to visit if you have questions
about the part of the world I come from.
Turkish Poetry Page : This is a pretty extensive
page, and there are translations, too! I had
a separate link for one of my favorite poems, but that link is dead now... So instead I will add the link to Şiir Parkı a Turkish poetry page hosted by my aunt (it is homemade and so delicious!)...
Online version of a Turkish daily newspaper. Check it out! Here is another one...
* Here is a VERY incomplete list of Turkish
mathematicians that currently live and work in the US or in Canada. If you are one and your name is not here (and of course if you wish to be included in
this list), please do let me know.
If I were a Springer-Verlag Graduate Text in Mathematics, I
would be Frank Warner's Foundations of Differentiable
Manifolds and Lie Groups
I give a clear, detailed, and careful development of the
basic facts on manifold theory and Lie Groups. I include differentiable
manifolds, tensors and differentiable forms. Lie groups and homogenous
spaces, integration on manifolds, and in addition provide a proof of
the de Rham theorem via sheaf cohomology theory, and develop the local
theory of elliptic operators culminating in a proof of the Hodge
theorem. Those interested in any of the diverse areas of
mathematics requiring the notion of a differentiable manifold will find
me extremely useful.
Which Springer GTM would you be? Take the Springer GTM Test.
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