Miscellaneous Links


NEW!!! 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:
Boğaziçi University
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 - BUMAK
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 wonderful people, 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).


Nowadays ...
Pomona College
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 at Pomona.
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 family...


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

    *  MathDL: The MAA Mathematical Sciences Digital Library: online resources for both teachers and students of mathematics

    *  Math Gateway: a portal to undergraduate mathematics in the National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

    *  The National Sciences Digital Library: NSF's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research

    *  Google : search engine for matters nonmathematical

    *  Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary : online dictionary for quick reference

    *  Wikipedia : online encyclopedia for quick reference

    *  Amazon : 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 DC.

     *  Some Turkish Music : I have not really visited it too often yet, but that is because I don't have a sound card yet :)

     *  Encyclopedia 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...

     *  Milliyet: 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.


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