"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not sure about the universe."
Albert Einstein

"Quand vous citez un texte con, n'oubliez pas le contexte."
Jacques Prévert

"Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Alex Degtyarev

Sorry, I don't look well today      
Department of Mathematics

  • Biography
  • Publications
  • Topology of Algebraic Curves: an Approach via Dessins d'Enfants
  • Real Enriques surfaces
  • Courses
  • Getting in touch
  • 1 + 1 = 2 (sorry, in German)

  • METU--Bilkent Algebraic geometry seminar
  • METU Geometry and Topology seminar
  • Gokova Geometry-Topology Conferences

  • Sorry, I don't have time to update this page, so take it as it is...
    My current favorite song (3.89 MB; listen while you are reading this should your bandwidth permit)
    I am proud to announce that my daughter has published her first paper!
  • Victoria Degtyareva. Defining Family in Immigration Law: Accounting for Non-Traditional Families in Citizenship by Descent. Yale Law J., 120 (2010)
    Alas, I'm probably getting old...
    "It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it." Sam Levenson
    An American businessman was at a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while. The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The American then asked the Mexican how he spent the rest of his time. The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor." The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and, with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. "You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then L.A. and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise." The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?" To which the American replied, "15-20 years." "But what then, senor?" asked the Mexican. The American laughed, and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO* and sell your company stock to the public. You'll become very rich, you would make millions!" "Millions, senor?" replied the Mexican. "Then what?" The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."


    Born: Dec. 03, 1962, in St. Petersburg (Russia)
    Graduated: from St. Petersburg University in 1984

    Ph.D.: 1988, Steklov Mathematical Institute. "Topology of complex plane projective algebraic curves"

    Fields of Interest: Topology, Algebraic Geometry

    Courses taught

    Undergraduate Level
  • Calculus (virtually all flavors)
  • Calculus 102
  • Calculus 111
  • Calculus 112
  • Calculus 116
  • Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics
  • Advanced Calculus I
  • Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Topology
  • Topology (new)
  • Differential Geometry
  • Differential Geometry II
  • Introduction to Algebraic Geometry
  • Complex Analysis
  • Graduate Level
  • Differential Geometry
  • General Topology
  • Algebraic Topology
  • Homotopy Theory
  • Topics in Algebraic Topology II
  • Fiber Bundles I
  • Algebraic Geometry
  • Topics in Algebraic Geometry I
  • Topology of Algebraic Varieties
  • Algebra
  • Complex Analysis
  • Complex Analysis II
  • Current Semester
  • Calculus 102 (Mo 13:40--15:30, We 15:40--17:30)
  • Algebraic Topology (Mo 9:40--10:30, We 10:40--12:30)

  • Office hours:
  • Monday 10:40--11:30;
  • Wednesday 9:40--10:30.

  • Office: SA 130
    Bilkent University
    Bilkent, Ankara 06800 Turkey
    Office: +90 (312) 290 21 35   (use e-mail instead)
    Home: +90 (312) 266 68 07   (use e-mail instead)
    Office: +90 (312) 290 17 97
    Email: degt-nospam-fen.bilkent.edu.tr
    Bilkent Universitesi Lojmanlari, Dogu Campusu, K-1
    Bilkent, Ankara 06533 Turkey

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    Last update: September 9, 2008