A fire destroyed everything I own. Math Blog will be on a hiatus.

I regret to inform you that Math Blog will be on hold for a while due to tragic personal circumstances.

On the evening of Thursday, October 13, 2016, an 18 year old girl having a domestic dispute with her mother allegedly set her own house on fire. The fire spread quickly to the whole fourplex, which included our townhome. The girl has been arrested by the police.

My wife and I managed to rescue our dog, Annie, in the process. She came close to dying, but she is doing okay and is expected to recover.

Despite trying for several minutes in pitch black acrid smoke, we simply couldn’t find our beloved cat of 8 years, Stella, anywhere in the house and she is sadly presumed dead in the fire at this point.

We lost everything we owned as the flames fully engulfed and gutted our house. It took firefighters the whole night to subdue the flames and smoke. In a twist of irony, this went down on our 12th wedding anniversary. Not how we expected to celebrate it.

Every math and technical book I owned, as well as electronics, laptops, passports, and everything else has been destroyed by the fire. I made it out with my wallet, phone, and car keys only. My wife lost everything too, including countless irreplaceable items (as well her business in the process).

Unfortunately, due to the extreme circumstances I’m forced to put this blog on a temporary hiatus, as I focus on slowly rebuilding our lives.

The only silver lining is that we’ve received an incredible amount of support from family, friends, colleagues, and readers during this difficult time.

If you’d like to contribute to the campaign setup by friends to help us get back on our feet, please consider a donation here:


No amount is too small. Anything helps, even just your thoughts and sympathy. It’s amazing how helpful this has been.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding in this incredibly challenging time.


  1. Sebastian October 17, 2016
  2. Victor October 17, 2016
  3. Kay October 17, 2016
  4. Maliha October 17, 2016
  5. Bruno November 10, 2016
    • Antonio Cangiano November 10, 2016

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