What is there that a person can say about themselves? Or should that be, about themself? The spellchecker has a definite opinion, being that it doesn’t recognise the latter, and this should already give you a clue as to the sort of person I am. I like to think of myself as curious and willing to spend an enormous amount of time and energy worrying small details. In part, that’s a habit acquired through the practice of my current profession, namely as a teacher of and researcher in mathematics. And in part, I suspect that it’s in fact something that’s always been within me, and my current profession merely allows the small detail obsessive pedant in my soul to fly forth into the world. If you are curious about the mathematics that I do, you can visit my professional web site at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/maths/about/staff/jwa.page? which contains links to my current research publications. I have also produced an undergraduate mathematics textbook on Hyperbolic Geometry, which can be found via Amazon or any other reputable bookseller.
Beyond mathematics, I practice the traditional Japanese martial art of aikido. Information about my local club, including a few photos of me, can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~apm3/aikido/Shiseikan.html
I have to date published one piece of fiction, a short story entitled Ashes, in the Fall 2005 issue of the Canadian magazine On Spec. If you are curious, the story can be found through Anthology Builder, located at http://www.anthologybuilder.com/welcome.php