What’s a ‘Linear Differential Operator’ Anyway?, 14 August 2008, Hawaii Reporter, Kailua, Hawai’i
On Tuesday, August 12, 2008, Eugene So presented his Master’s thesis, “Linear Differential Operators and the Distribution of Zeros of Polynomials”. I didn’t understand a word of it. Eugene invited me to attend since I had tutored him years ago, between third and sixth grade.
Eugene again sat through a class (Calculus II) in the summer between his seventh and eighth grade years. We then appealed to Punahou to configure his class schedule to allow him to attend Math classes at the University during the regular school year. This was not possible due to the rotatinig (sic) class schedule which Punahou uses, so his parents decided to homeschool him. In practice, this meant that they went to work and Eugene spent his time in University of Hawaii Math classes or in Hamilton Library. That year, Eugene participated in the Math Counts competition as a homeschooler, again taking the top place and traveling to the mainland with the Iolani team. Myung graciously listed me as his coach although I had stopped instructing him two years earlier.