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Saturday, October 27, 2007

The move about is all we do

Despite the world's best efforts to the contrary, good maths continues to happen. I've revised the first four weeks of MATH 301 in detail and also solved a silly little puzzle that's been occupying me on and off for several weeks. At the same time, Hawking's commentary on Euclid is taking my understanding of geometry to whole new levels, which is a pleasant way to pass the time.

My current revision method is one almost guaranteed to drive me around the bend sooner or later - I'm LaTeXing all the key parts of my notes. The idea is that the focused concentration required to get a proof looking nice in LaTeX should help to get the material embedded in my mind. [More so than regular note-taking, that is.]

I don't want to spend too much time on this though, so I'll probably just do the first six weeks and then get on with old exam questions.

This post title isn't really from the Floyd at all. Why, then, have I tagged it as such? ;)


gliderguider said...

The terrapin lays on its back,
its belly baking in the hot sun,
beating its legs trying to turn
itself over. But it can't. Not
without your help. But you're
not helping.

I'm sure Syd counts.

Gael said...

Hmm, I can't quite work out where you got that from. It's something to do with the Voight-Kampff test, but the exact wording is a little different. This one's too hard for me ;)

You, however, pass the Syd test and get a star. Calling him a Floyd seems a bit insulting to Syd though - I kinda feel bad now.

gliderguider said...

Maybe I should have asked you the other series of questions:

It's your birthday. Someone gives you a calfskin wallet.
You've got a little boy. He shows you his butterfly collection plus the killing jar.
You're watching television. Suddenly you realize there's a wasp crawling on your arm.
You're reading a magazine. You come across a fullpage nude photo of a girl.

But I don't know how I'd work terrapin into that.

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