Will Mayner


Check it out online or download the paper version.


Over the summer of 2012 I did some research in applied mathematics at the Illinois Institute of Technology. My research partner and I made a poster summarizing the results and presented it at a few conferences. We’re also working on a paper.


My dotfiles are on GitHub. There’s a rakefile that’ll let you install/uninstall everything, so trying out my setup for a while is as easy as

git clone https://github.com/wmayner/dotfiles.git ~/dotfiles
cd ~/dotfiles
rake install

There’s a lot of customization for Vim and the terminal prompt. There’s also a really nice .slate config for window management.

If you try it out, be sure to carefully follow the prompts from rake install to backup your existing dotfiles.


I designed a portfolio site for illustrator Liz Wikstrom. It’s built on Cargo Collective’s platform so she can maintain it easily — they have a decent UI for adding projects, thumbnails, etc.

Check out some beautiful art.

Resume App

A while back I was looking for jobs and wanted to get familiar with Node.js, CoffeeScript, Express, Jade, Less, and Bootstrap, so I built a resume page using those technologies. Now my resume is part of this site, but the old standalone project is published on GitHub. Check out the README for details on how to use it.

The Mandelbrot Set

In my senior year of high school I hacked together a Java applet that lets you explore the Mandelbrot Set, an incredibly fascinating and beautiful mathematical object.

I first came across it when I read Chaos by James Gleick in 10th grade. Right after that, I read Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach (like every other introspective nerd). This was my first glimpse of real mathematics. I had always thought I didn’t like math, but after seeing this I realized that I just didn’t like math class.

The Mandelbrot Set is just the set of complex numbers \(c\) for which the orbit of \(0\) remains bounded under iteration of this beautifully simple equation:

\[ z_{n+1} = z^2_n + c \]
Check it out.