PROLOGUE

I’ve never imagined that writing an essay on calculus and making some animated gifs can have such a huge impact in my life.

I left school at the age of 16 to pursue what I wanted to do in life. I had ambitious dreams. But throughout the years I learnt to be conscious of my naivety and ignorance. I understand that it is perfectly normal if it turns out that all this time I have been living in a delusional state. So far every project I started had failed. Things have not once gone as planned.

Now and then I wondered if everything I’d done was just one of the tricks I played to make me feel better about myself, that I was nothing more than a pathetic idealist, kidding himself along on a senseless odyssey. So I was greatly surprised when I learnt that 30 thousand people had visited my website in a day because of something I wrote. The link to the essay had got good number of upvotes on both Reddit and HackerNews. Some commented and told me it was good. Certainly this was nothing comparing to, say, getting into MIT, but I think I had never been this happy in my life before. The joy I felt - that could not be described in words.

Once again, thank you all for the support. You had brightened my days up. And with a positive mind, gradually, I made the decision to be less of a shut-in and start going for meet-ups and conferences. I got to know many cool people and made some new friends.

At the moment I’m busy with a couple of projects. I’m still reading up on general topology and working on the essay, 0a explains: general topology. At some point in time I decided to have set theory, one of its segments initially, to be in a separate essay instead. And just to make things more interesting, I figured I should dive in a bit deeper and give an axiomatic view for some of the concepts.

So here it is. Enjoy!