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Math [Apr. 18th, 2007|11:37 am]
Angelic Fruitcake
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I really like my nerdy math teacher. He peppers his talks with encouraging examples from real life mathmaticians. Apparently, there was an engineer with NASA who forgot to convert measurements from English to metric and caused a satellite to crash into a planet.  This cost NASA millions. This should make me feel less like a loser for forgetting to add a negative sign.

He also told us stories of redemption. In 1992 or so, Andrew Wiles provided a HUGE proof for a great mathmaticians famous last theorem. He forgot a few things. Which left a few holes that were readily poked by fellow math nuts at some sort of theorem-proving hootennany. He was thoroughly embarrassed, yet looked through every single line, came back the next year and BAM! A theorem was proved.

We also talked about fun things like Venn Diagrams and how they are applied outside of math. He's given me hope.

Math and I are becoming friends. Slowly...Sweetly...
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From: cerulean_scars
2007-04-18 07:51 pm (UTC)
As much as I scream at doing math programs, I honestly don't dislike mathematics. It's very useful and inspiring...think Escher, for example.

I just have a great dislike for math editors and math plug-ins for layout programs. Math has become a jkl;j;lkj word because, unlike your professor, the publishing world litters math book programs with a bunch of useless gibberish and unrealistic plans.

I'm glad that there are teachers out there who take their obligations seriously.
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[User Picture]From: lula_neith
2007-04-18 09:04 pm (UTC)
Math editors must = the debil. I'm glad that I got a good, too! er, Teacher that is. Not math editor.
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