There are two levels of understanding with math
"I know exactly what I’m doing"
"What the fuck am I looking at"
"When I got my first cat, it changed me. There is something about holding a cat that makes your anger melt away. And if someone does something that upsets me—I have to remember my cat. I can’t keep my cat if I get into trouble.”
"I asked if Major Cabanaw had concerns for the safety of the cats. “Of course, we always want to ensure the safety of the cats, and the staff is great about keeping an eye out for them. But mostly, it’s the offenders keeping them safe. I have never once seen an offender kill his own cat. We screen them to be sure they have no history of animal abuse. But I’ll tell you this, there was a guy killed in here because he had spit soda pop onto someone else’s cat.”"
Using the chain rule is like peeling an onion: you have to deal with each layer at a time, and if it is too big you will start crying. — Calculus professor (via mathprofessorquotes)
a lot of people talk like capitalism is necessary to have innovation and I just think of all the brilliant and creative people I know who spend all of their time and energy worrying about how they’re going to have a roof over their heads and food to eat. capitalism doesn’t drive innovation, it stifles it and shackles it to the endlessly wasteful machinery of exploitation.
Awesome drinking games you never heard of! Let’s all just have a drink to this! :)
Who thought chess could be so interesting ;)
These drinking games are practically a life saver! Can we just play volley beer pong! yessss
never forget that australias first ever winter olympics gold was won because the guy was coming dead last and everyone in front of him fell over
the only reason he was in the final was bc the same thing happened in the semis
and the only reason he was in the semis was bc one of the guys that came ahead of him in the quarters was disqualified
i’m not sure if he’s the luckiest skater alive or a skater that has the power to curse other competitors.
i’ve been laughing non stop for the past like 10 minutes
Reblogging again to point out: This was his entire strategy. He knew he wasn’t fast enough to win, so he just hung back, hoping for someone else to have a disaster. And it worked. Twice.
Don’t you dare
For someone else’s comfort -
Do not become small
For people who refuse to grow. — m.v., Advice to my future daughter, #2. (via findingwordsforthoughts)
Wallace-Bolyai-Gerwien theory is the theory that any two polygons are equidecomposable.
That is that one can be cut into finitely many polygon pieces and be rearranged to obtain the second polygon.
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A student asked me today what the highest level of math is. This was my answer:
This is like asking what is the highest level of fruit. Say we studied fruit in high school. Everyone studies apples the first year, oranges the second year, bananas the third year, and pears the fourth year. If the material seems to get harder every year it might be reasonable to ask about the highest level of fruit. But really there are no levels (studying one fruit would not be much more difficult than studying another kind of fruit) and there are just many different kinds of fruit. Math is the same way.
There are so many branches of mathematics (number theory, graph theory, abstract algebra, analysis, topology, logic, geometry, and fractal theory to name a few) and studying one is not necessarily more difficult than studying another. Each branch of math is simply different. I think the reason material gets harder as we go up in school is simply because we are getting older and we just study things more deeply than we used to.
For instance we learn to count when we are very young but there is some very advanced mathematics about counting that we don’t learn when we learn to count because we are not ready to study counting that deeply yet.
Hopefully they are not scared to ask questions now. — Josh Carlson (via mspray1)