Benjamin (Ben) Zhou

Lunt Hall, Office B12
Department of Mathematics
Northwestern University

Email: byzhou01@math.northwestern.edu

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Research

I am a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Deparment of Mathematics at Northwestern University. My advisor is Eric Zaslow. Here is my CV.

My research interests include Mathematical Physics, Mirror Symmetry, Gromov-Witten Theory, Modular Forms, Algebraic Geometry, Symplectic Geometry.

In particular, I'm currently thinking about the Gross-Siebert program, quantum scattering diagrams, and higher genus Gromov-Witten invariants.

I attend the Northwestern Geometry/Physics Seminar.


Teaching

TA for Math 340-0: Geometry, Northwestern University, Spring 2022

TA for Math 368-0: Introduction to Optimization, Northwestern University, Spring 2022

TA for Math 366-1: Mathematical Models in Finance, Northwestern University, Winter 2022

TA for Math 336-1: Introduction to Theory of Numbers, Northwestern University, Winter 2022

TA for Math 342: Introduction to Differential Geometry, Northwestern University, Fall 2021

TA for Math 320-1: Real Analysis, Northwestern University, Fall 2021

TA for Math 300: Foundations of Higher Mathematics, Northwestern University, Spring 2021

TA for Math 230-2: Multivariable Integral Calculus, Northwestern University, Winter 2021

TA for Math 230-1: Multivariable Differential Calculus, Northwestern University, Fall 2020

TA for Math 230-1: Multivariable Differential Calculus, Northwestern University, Fall 2019

TA for CS 229: Machine Learning, Stanford University, Fall 2016


I also offer private tutoring. Please see here, or email me if interested.


Notes

Every smooth cubic surface has exactly 27 lines. - Graduate Student Seminar talk, Spring 2021

My qualifying exam syllabus

Spacetime Geometries - Undergraduate Thesis


Other

"The more I learned, the more conscious did I become of the fact that I was ridiculous. So that for me my years of hard work at the university seem in the end to have existed for the sole purpose of demonstrating and proving to me, the more deeply engrossed I became in my studies, that I was an utterly absurd person." The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry." - Ernest Hemingway

“Discovery is a child’s privilege. I mean the small child, the child who is not afraid to be wrong, to look silly, to not be serious, and to act differently from everyone else. He is also not afraid that the things he is interested in are in bad taste or turn out to be different from his expectations, from what they should be, or rather he is not afraid of what they actually are. He ignores the silent and flawless consensus that is part of the air we breathe – the consensus of all the people who are, or are reputed to be, reasonable.” - Alexander Grothendieck

“All that can be said of me is that I never grow weary of learning and never get tired of teaching others!” - Confucius