mathNEWS Issue 78.5: Friday, November 6, 1998

profQUOTES

"There are a lot of drugs in this course... [pause] sorry no samples."

Fogel, ENGL 208B

"The aliens have stolen my brain."

Haxell, MATH 145

"Why Mean, as opposed to, uh, the Goofy theorem?"

Zorzitto, MATH 137

"We can talk forever about triangles, and we will."

Ken Peters, Transcedental Functions, 120

"In this subject, you have to abuse notation."

Forrest, MATH 247

"Now this is a row vector and this is a column vector, but you have to use your imagination."

Forrest, MATH 247

"Now, this is not hard, but it's notationally ugly."

Forrest, MATH 247

"Does everyone agree with that...[no response]...nod encouragingly...Ok."

Best, C&O 227

"One of the most important things you can do is to screw up."

Best, C&O 227

"This is a 'μ', tail to the left. This is a 'u', tail to the right...if I see that in mathNEWS, I'll kill someone!"

Best, C&O 227

"Trivial, trivial, by observation, now I'm done."

Vasiga, CS 134

"I do whatever else I do in the day. Teach and deal drugs for a living."

Vasiga, CS 134

"Were you reading my mind? My guardian programming angel said 'Assign it to another variable.'"

Vasiga, CS 134

[Prof looks at the parse tree on the board]
"Goodbye my friend."
[Starts erasing it]
"What a beautiful tree. I feel like MacMillan-Blodel. Killing trees all day long."

Vasiga, CS 134

"Who here adds two positive numbers and gets a negative number? Any accountants here?"

Mann, CS 251

"We can do that by perversely picking animals."

Lubiw, CS 240

"Being mathematicians you must be inherently lazy."

Best, C&O 227

"I hope you haven't written any of that down, that's all hot air."

Goulden, MATH 239

"I guess referring to it as an integral doesn't make it any easier for you. [Silence] You live in a weird world when you're a mathematician"

Goulden, MATH 239

"In this course we're going to look for one answer and we're going to be happy if it's not a really dumb answer like 3."

Goulden, MATH 239

"I want to invoke my theorems"

Goulden, MATH 239

"I'd like to say something about induction. I hate induction. I bet that you do too."

Goulden, MATH 239

"Is everybody happy that the bottom line and the top line describe the same set?" Student: "Yes" "Awww... so am I."

Goulden, MATH 239

"The archeologist gets his thrills by crawling in human garbage"

Abler, ANTH 102

"You know that AAA, unless you're living in some warped universe, is most likely to be at the beginning of the phonebook."

Pretti, CS 240

"In native cultures, when you don't have anything intelligent to say, you don't say anything at all. In Scarborough, if you don't have anything intelligent to say, you say something anyway."

Abler, ANTH 102



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