Robert C. Haraway, III

I am a fifth year PhD candidate in Mathematics at Boston College.

Here is a rough CV.

My email address is

My office doesn't have a phone.

My office address is

        Robert Haraway
Carney Hall -- Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3806

If you want my undivided attention, my office is Carney 337.


Here is my most recent preprint: Practical bounds for a Dehn parental test

The code associated with this and other papers is here.

I have been working with Rob Meyerhoff, Dave Gabai, Nate Thurston, and Andrew Yarmola on cusped hyperbolic 3-manifolds of low cusp area.

I have been working with Craig Hodgson and Rob Meyerhoff on extending Mom theory to manifolds with totally geodesic boundary.

I have worked often with the program SnapPy. So I wrote the following explanation for why I use it. It's based on a talk I have given at our grad student seminar.

Why I Like SnapPy and Why You Should Too

I gave a successful talk on the Chern-Gauss-Bonnet theorem at our graduate student seminar here. I have typed up notes for the talk here.


I have always loved explaining math to anyone within earshot. Instead of discussing math, I tend to proclaim it loudly, a habit that is a nuisance in quiet dining establishments but effective in a classroom.

Here are some clarifying notes on fluid flow I typed up in spring 2011 for my section (and for myself):

Notes on flow rate.
Here are some notes on convergence of improper integrals.
Some tips on the comparison test.

Other Endeavors

I'm an active member of the laity here.

I can play the guitar.

Like the world of a science-fiction story, a system of beliefs need not be highly credible---it may be as wild as you like, so long as it is not self-contradictory---and it should lead to some interesting difficulties, some of which should, in the end, be resolved.

Carl E. Linderholm, Mathematics made difficult