Sergey Syritsyn

Current classes

Math 8a
Math 8b

About me

I am a physics professor at the Stony Brook University, where I teach theoretical physics and study nuclear physics using supercomputers. My primary interest is how the subatomic particles, quarks and gluons, organize themselves into protons and neutrons that constitute nearly all matter around us.

It is truly amazing how often the very foundations of mathematics that I learned in middle and high school prove crucial to my everyday life, from research work to personal finances, from home maintenance to playing sports. While advanced work in research requires years of additional studies, the mathematical way of thinking, imagination, and rigor are best cultivated at the very beginning.

Originally from Saratov, Russia, I studied at the PhTL#1 where excellent and dedicated teachers inspired lifelong admiration with Math and Physics. I studied at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology where I got my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in General and Applied physics, after which I came to the US for PhD studies. After graduation, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley Lab, Brookhaven Lab, and Jefferson Lab, and then joined Stony Brook faculty in 2016.

My favorite math subjects are geometry and combinatorics, mainly because they require lots of imagination. I remember the exhilarating feeling of solving a difficult problem, which may have taken hours or even days to think through and find the right approach. Studying math is always a worthy challenge.

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