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Old 07-02-2005, 09:23 PM
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Mark just saw A Beautiful Mind. Can anybody share some more war
stories about
weird math profs? What is the quirk of the weirdest math prof that you
have come across?

Marko "Polo" Demers
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Old 07-02-2005, 09:53 PM
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double d wrote:

I had a Teacher's Aide from Hong Kong who had trouble pronouncing
differentiation. He would stutter "diffa-diffa-diffa-" endlessly.
Unfortunately, he taught calculus.


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Old 07-02-2005, 09:57 PM
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In article <1120339399.990767.200100@g49g2000cwa.googlegroups .com>,
"double d" <[Only registered users see links. ]> posted:

One carried a blackboard duster with a gold-plated handle
in his briefcase (wouldn't let anyone else use it), and
another -- a Sikh -- stored chalk in his pugree (turban).

Jai Maharaj
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Old 07-02-2005, 10:48 PM
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"Dr. Jai Maharaj" <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote in message
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For a moment there I thought he meant maths proof not prof.


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Old 07-02-2005, 11:04 PM
Dr. Jai Maharaj
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In article <5RExe.135920$[Only registered users see links. ]>,
"CWatters" <[Only registered users see links. ]> posted:



He wrote "profs".
And you wrote "maths". Here in the US,
writing "math" instead of "maths" for
mathematics is more common.

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Old 07-03-2005, 01:07 AM
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"Dr. Jai Maharaj" <[Only registered users see links. ]> wrote in message
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Well maybe Colin doesn't live in the US?

But I'm curious - in the US do you also study "physic" as well as
"mathematic"?

Regards,
Mike.


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Old 07-03-2005, 01:13 AM
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In the UK people who study "physic" become physicians, not physicists.

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Old 07-03-2005, 01:31 AM
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Mike Terry wrote:

In the US, we study mathematicS, abbreviated math, physicS,
abbreviated phys, and statisticS, abbreviated stat (admittedly,
nobody ever says "phys" as a word and "stat" only rarely).

The difference in US and UK is in the abbreviation, and I
think one can reasonably argue that an abbreviation of a
plural word need not have an "s" at the end. It's perfectly
OK to write "20 sec", "75 deg", or "150 m".

- Randy

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Old 07-04-2005, 05:34 AM
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N:dlzc D:aol T:com (dlzc) wrote:

It looks as if the version I heard was not very accurate.
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Old 07-04-2005, 03:06 PM
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Dear Gib Bogle:

"Gib Bogle" <[Only registered users see links. ].much.spam.co.nz> wrote in message
news:daahoj$2kq$[Only registered users see links. ].co.nz...

Memory is a tricky thing. And you may have heard a more in-depth
account of his final years. Paranoids suspect *everyone*. Don't
beat yourself up.

David A. Smith


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