Okay, history on this one. It's short and not interesting, but gives context. We will call him NezBoy. Eventually, he'll figure out my pseudonym and read this and really hate me. It makes me smile.
Anyway, NezBoy graduated with a degee in math and works for the university. Recently, he decided to get a masters and try for a PhD. There's some program that does--alternative thing--you go in and take x number of classes, and if you get y grades, you skip over masters and go straight to Ph.D. In math. So he's disturbingly smart, and also--this is what sometimes blows my mind--very, very, very hot. And very very very--hmm. Shy isn't the right word. More thoughtful. And very smart.
(what's intersting is, he wasn't good at math in high school at all and didn't care for it. He apparently one semester in college locked himself metaphorically in his room for the entire semester and immersed until he understood, and then he fell in love with it.)
So anyway, when I started class, whenever I call her and he's around, he listens to me gush (Oh my god, why did you not tell me THIS WAS FUN?????) and he makes soothing noises and apparently, started going through his books. So Nezsa brought me two books today (I'm not sure if they're his or copies he picked up): one is More Effective C++, which looks intersting and about a semester ahead of me, but fascinating reading. The other is--I dont' even know what to do with this one--Elemetnary Number Theory and Its Applications.
Okay, now here's the thing.
I've known NezBoy for only about a year less than Nezsa, and I've known her for ten years. WE didn't interact a lot until they were dating, but I hear from him or about him at least once a week. I just never realized he actually listened to me talk about Stargate and the math fic I read that I go look up later. Or I would have guessed that he just sent me a book that encompasses three fic I read that I'd mentioned looking up the meaning of to him--to wit, Fibonacci (astolat's fic, I think and def cesperanza's), Mobius (don't remember who), and Euler's function (thank you basingstoke).
(thank you deadlychameleon for the wiki link)
Currently, Nezsa reports he is wroking on problems that she's fairly sure are actually coded communications from his alien leaders. Something called Algebraic Topography? And something else. I keep wanting to ask him about it, but I'm terrified he'll pop out the book and show me.
I'm curious though.
This is why I like him. He's totally made of win.
(I also told Nezsa if she gets tired of him, she could auction him off to select fangirls for a lot of money.)