Maths Are Like Science

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.

On Adam Shepard

I wrote this aside about Adam Shepard:

Adam Shepard spent 10 months in South Carolina starting out with 25$. His goal: to buy a car, rent an apartment and save 2500$ in a year.

As with most ESL classes, you run out of stuff to read very quickly. I’ve gotten into the habit of selecting an article every two weeks for my students. It doesn’t matter their level, beginner or advanced, I try to find something interesting regardless of it is leveled.

I’ve been using this article as my reading material for my ESL classes. It’s a great article and fun to read. My students are all adults. No teens or children, so this article is possibly not suited for those students. However the article is most compelling when read by adults, who realize what Adam Shepard had done.

This short essay was written by a student of mine. He’s in his mid forties and an intermediate ESL learner. From what he wrote, I can say that his written English is very good, compared to some of my other students. There were a few mistakes that I edited out or corrected, but otherwise it’s intact.

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Russell Brand’s Ponderland S01E01-05 (Channel 4)

If you are a fan of Russell Brand like me, you will be glad to find out that he’s back on the telly, after deciding not to do Big Brother’s Big Mouth anymore. It was a good thing that BBBM was able to salvage their season with some interesting celebrity hosts.

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