Peter C. Scott

OK. You found me out. My mother always said, "Fools' names and fools' faces often appear in public places." Ah, dear old Mom. Who would have thought that by the middle of this first decade of the millennium, people would be spilling their guts daily to all manner of strangers in weblogs? So it goes.

So, now that you are here, what do you want to know? My mother also said, "Curiosity killed the cat." My mother had a lot of sayings. I don't really think she objected to curiosity. I will start with the working hypothesis that you are a current (or perhaps prospective) student of mine mildly curious about me. God only knows why. If I am wrong, I apologize.


I am a graduate student in the Mathematics Department here at UNH. I started in the Fall of 2004. Before that, I was a graduate student and instructor in the Computer Science Department at UNH where I received my MS in CS in June 2004.

I loved math in high school, and nearly failed it in college. I never took another math course after intermediate calculus my freshman year. Thirty years later I rediscovered my interest after taking courses at UNH from Professors Jacoby and Feldman. Hats off to you, gentlemen.

So how did I nearly fail intermediate calculus in college, you may ask. Well, I went from an all-boys boarding school in rural Southern California to a coed college in Boston in the late 1960's. Let's just say there were other things on my mind at the time. By the way, here's a tip if you take math courses. Attend class and do the homework. I learned the hard way.


I was born in Boston, but grew up in northern California. After high school in southern California, I moved back east to attend college. I graduated from Harvard College in 1972 and Harvard Law School in 1978. After law school, I practiced law in New Hampshire for twenty years until I decided to take a sabbatical to pursue computer programming, a hobby of mine at the time. I have recently returned to the law, working part time at the Supreme Court as a staff attorney.

Nonacademic Interests

Although I have many, many interests, snazzy Web design is apparently not one of them. Most of my interests involve sports, with tennis, basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting currently leading the list. In the past, I did a lot of running, ultimate, and soccer. I have also been known to play squash, softball, table tennis, golf, and badminton, and to kayak and sail. By the way, if you have never played table tennis or badminton against people who really know what they are doing, you probably have no idea what the game is about. Trust me, those games are nothing like the home versions.

Enough about sports. I also enjoy chess and motorcycles. Let me rephrase that: I REALLY like riding my motorcycle. In the summer of 2003 I bought a BMW R1150GS. Black. It almost makes me look cool. With apologies to my students, I would rather be riding.

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