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You are not logged in. #12801 20131224 09:59:18
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaHe gave his last lecture at MIT a couple of years ago. He is supposed to be one of the best lecturers out there  and I can believe that for sure, particularly if what he says about how much effort he puts into his lectures is true... #12802 20131224 10:08:23
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaYes he is on the zany side. He rides big pendulums, shoots himself out of cannons, eats 40 pizzas, wrestles an alligator, jumps into a vat of hydrochloric acid, jumps out of an airplane without a parachute, runs head first into a moving locomotive, gets hit by lightning... All in the name of physics. In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12803 20131224 10:12:25
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaYes, that, but he also claims that he puts about 40 hours of work into each lecture, rehearsing them thrice in front of an empty audience, including once at 5 AM on the morning of the lecture  which, if he did that consistently for the 800 lectures he has supposedly given, is insane. #12804 20131224 10:18:16
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaThat just means he wants to be sure. In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12805 20131224 10:34:25
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaI guess so, but that is still a lot of effort. A couple of my professors just hold a piece of paper in front of their face and copy their notes on to the board. #12806 20131224 10:37:03
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaHe does not like that type was my impression. In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12807 20131224 10:39:33
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaI don't think very many like that type. Particularly if the lecturer has terrible handwriting, a bad accent, or doesn't answer questions (or worse, a combination of those or all three). Then it is very unpleasant. #12808 20131224 10:44:59
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaThey do not answer questions? Why not? In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12809 20131224 10:47:10
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaOne of my lecturers says there is no time and if there are questions just come to see him in his office... #12810 20131224 10:52:10
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaDo people go there and get an answer to there questions? In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12811 20131224 11:00:28
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaI am not sure. I don't think many people go to see him  there is not much need as it is not a difficult course. #12812 20131224 11:02:05
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaSometimes that is the way it is when it is a lecture. In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12813 20131225 06:57:28
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaAt the end of the term there were a lot of empty seats. Hopefully as a lecturer I could keep them more interested than that. But it will be difficult at first. #12814 20131225 07:04:10
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaThat is part of the reason why there is so little interest in technical fields even though the need for them is growing, poor teachers. In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12815 20131225 10:34:08
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaAbsolutely. For a while I hated my maths teacher so much that I wanted to go into physics instead. Some teachers do not realise the sort of impact they can have on their students. #12816 20131225 12:18:12
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaWas she that bad? In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12817 20140106 11:32:14
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaYes, she was terrible! Whenever a student asked her a question she would tell them to go buy a revision guide. #12818 20140106 11:51:01
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaI wonder why people like that ever become teachers. Why not become a banker or attorney? In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12819 20140106 11:53:32
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaI'm not sure. Weird thing is that I've never met a maths teacher who got a first class degree at uni, only ever a 2:1. Maybe that has something to do with it? The more qualified people compete for those sorts of jobs, and the 2:1 graduates, with no experience, find it difficult to pursue those career paths? #12820 20140106 11:57:44
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaSo you mean they settle on math teaching jobs because they are not able to do much else? In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12821 20140106 11:58:45
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaYes, that might apply to a certain proportion. Although maybe a more likely hypothesis is that they do not know what else to do, rather than them not being able to do something else. #12822 20140106 12:05:23
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaNot good to settle on something because you have no other ideas. Do they think math is easy to teach? In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12823 20140106 12:08:15
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaI'm not sure what they think of the difficulty of teaching, but many of mine have been very lazy  for example, finding lesson plans premade online for every single lesson. If the teacher did not know the answer to a question  which was quite common  they'd go look on Yahoo answers or something. #12824 20140106 12:12:05
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaSounds like they hated math when they were in school. In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #12825 20140106 12:16:05
Re: Linear Interpolation FP1 FormulaSo the maths teachers hated their previous maths teachers, who must also have hated their maths teachers, who must also have hated their maths teachers, who ...... 