Les maths, c’est comme les sciences. On cherche à avoir le moins d’emmerdements possibles.
Maths are like science. You want to have the least amount of trouble.
Dr Roger Pierre during an Differential Equations lecture, Today @ 15:47
This quote is really funny, because in French, the word emmerdement has its roots in merde, which means shit. There is no real translation for this word, to conserve the root.
We were seeing Laplace transforms to solve differential equations of the second order. It’s quite an elegant way to solving them. Dr Pierre meant that instead of looking for a general and particular solution to create the solution of the differential equation, the problem became a different one, where we used a decomposition into partial fractions instead.
Other good quotes from this lecture include the following:
La loi de conservation des emmerdements
The law of the conservation of trouble
La science, c’est l’art de minimiser les emmerdements.
Science is the art of minimizing trouble
There is no free lunch.
Clearly, the iPhone is the phone to beat. It has been so ever since it came out. Unless you’re a Crackberry addict, the iPhone is the phone to get. With rumors floating around that another version of the popular touchscreen phone will be released in June, other manufacturers are scrambling to come up withe new competitors for the iPhone. I haven’t seen a viable competitor yet, but maybe the new Toshiba phone will be a contender. Read on to find out more.
I don’t really care if I spend $90 on that book, I don’t pay for my books, my family does.
D. a second year mathematics student
He said this after I told him that I paid $40 for my book on Amazon. Another guy paid $2 for the same book, but it was an older edition.
I’ve seen these floating around last week and was pretty interested by the design and the way that they look in general. They are perfect for our new modern world, filled with computer icons. It’s been mentioned that this speaker looks like something made by Art Lebedev, and I have to agree. Some of their designs look a lot like this one. Needless to say, that you won’t be spending $1,600 on this, that’s the price of Art Lebedev’s Optimus keyboard!
Jessica is having another giveaway. Her art is hard to describe, but luminous and extraordinary. I’ve known Jess since 2006 when we met commenting on the same blogs, ie Chartreuse. If you like her art, visit her etsy shop and buy a few prints!