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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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[User Picture]From: kenfrequed
2007-04-18 10:52 pm (UTC)

Hmm



Math and I had a lot bad times. I kept giving math another chance until I caught math hanging out with other people. Around the time math was going through a calculus stage in our relationship math accused me of not understanding our any longer and left.

History has been good to me ever since but I still have fond memories of how we whispered teh Pythagorean theorum to each other at night.
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[User Picture]From: lula_neith
2007-04-19 01:48 am (UTC)

Re: Hmm

Damn, Math can be a sexy and confounding bitch! *smh* I can't believe you gave her up for that whore, History, just because she's difficult. She was right: you probably didn't understand her. There's always more to learn about her. Return to Math. Math is forgiving; she'll welcome you back. She hasn't changed, really. She's always there waiting for you...
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