I am Prof. Alan Chang. Actually, I'm not a professor yet, but hopefully I will be some day! Currently, I am a Ph.D. student and lecturer in the math department. My advisor is Marianna Csörnyei. Before coming to the University of Chicago in fall 2014, I was an undergraduate at Princeton.

On this page, you'll find some things that I've been working on. Alternatively, you can just ask my Princeton roommate Minh-Tam about me, or you can read this interview by the Physical Sciences Division. I am not so good at making web pages look nice, but Umang is very skilled and helped me a lot!


Research papers

Expository papers

Notes for lectures/talks

These are notes for lectures/talks that I have given.

The Riemann zeta function and the distribution of primes - This is a talk I gave for the UChicago math club

Gauss circle problem: part 1, part 2, and outline - I have given several talks on the 2/3 bound on the Gauss circle problem: (1) In spring 2013, in Elias Stein's Topics in Harmonic Analysis junior seminar. (2) In April 2014, for the Princeton math department's graduate student seminar. (3) In January 2015, for the UChicago math department pizza seminar.

Combinatorial Game Theory - I was a counselor at PROMYS during the summer of 2011. These are notes written to accompany a one-hour talk I gave to high school students. Learn how to win any impartial combinatorial game! (Unfortunately, go is not impartial. Speaking of go, let's play! I have an account on KGS and IGS.)


Fall 2015, graduate analysis midterm - As Joey notes, "math can be really hard."

Book-stacking on PBS Infinite Series - Apparently I'm a winner for "who can build the coolest bridge"! Thanks to Nir for sending my picture in to PBS Infinite Series!

Manjul Bhargava: The Musical, Magical Number Theorist - In the spring of 2014, I agreed to be in a video. I did not realize what it was for until several months later, when I received unexpected messages from some friends.


Fall 2016, Studies in Mathematics - I taught an undergraduate number theory class for non-science majors.

2015-2016, Honors Analysis - I was the teaching assistant for the honors version of the year-long introductory analysis course. The Physical Sciences Division awarded me a teaching prize for my work as a TA. (Thanks to the students for nominating me!!)

Fun activities!

(mostly undergrad and earlier)

NLP reading group - Together with Christiane Fellbaum and Feng Zhu, I started a natural language processing reading group at Princeton in Spring 2014. Each week, Prof. Fellbaum and 5-8 undergraduates would meet for a few hours to discuss recent NLP and machine learning papers. One such paper examined the effectiveness of various ways of requesting pizza!

Princeton Math Club - I was the president of the math club in 2013. We have a lot of events to make sure that undergraduate math majors (and math enthusiasts) have a great time at Princeton: colloquia, social nights, meet-your-professor lunches, etc.

Mercer County Math Circle - I co-founded this math circle in fall 2013. The math circle meets biweekly at the Princeton Public Library, next to campus. It aims to bring the university and the community together through mathematics. We try to provide fun mathematical activities for students at various levels.

Princeton Cube Club - I was the president of the Princeton Rubik's Cube Club for two years. I organized the two cube competitions, Princeton Spring 2013 and Princeton Winter 2014. The club also organizes "Learn-to-cube nights," both on and off campus.

Princeton Splash - In 2012, I founded Princeton Splash, which runs a day-long event where high school students come onto campus to take a number of classes created and taught by Princeton students. Our goal is to support local high schools with non-traditional forms of education and foster a love of learning in the community. In our first Splash (2013), we attracted over 180 high school students and 80 student volunteers. The courses covered a wide array of interests including "Conceptual Quantum Mechanics," "Improv Comedy with Quipfire!", and "The Chemistry of Chocolate."

PUMaC - The Princeton University Math Competition is an annual high school math competition run by Princeton students. I was the head writer for the 2013 Power Round (problems and solutions) and the 2012 Team Round (problems and solutions). I also ran the Rubik's Cube mini-events in the afternoon.

NACLO - I participated in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad in 2010 (my senior year of high school). I received a bronze medal at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Sweden. Now, I submit problems for NACLO! One of my problems, "Warlpiri Kinship Groups," appeared in the second round of the 2013 NACLO and was later featured in Alex Bellos's puzzle column in The Guardian.

Learn2cube.com - Learn how to solve the Rubik's cube with my website. I made it back in 7th grade (2004), and have been updating it since then. Here's a video of me in 2017 solving the cube in 12 seconds. (If you see Billy around in the math department, tell him to practice more to improve his speed.)

Me playing piano! - Yikes, this is old! (But this is even older!)

Alan's Australian Adventure - I studied in Australia for a semester!


Send me an email! ac at math dot uchicago. Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!