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**Shann0n****Member**- Registered: 2010-10-29
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Hi everyone! My name is Shannon and I'm 24, and I've just recently discovered a love for math. Loved it when I was little, hated it as a teenager, and am currently studying high school math so I can go to university to study astrophysics.

None of my friends are math geeks, really, so I thought I would try and find some like-minded people on the wonderful internet!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Shann0n;

Welcome to the forum! You will find loads of geeks here. I meant math geeks.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Hi ShannOn,

Astrophysics is a wonderful subject. I am sure you would get to know like-minded friends.

**Welcome to the forum!**

Character is who you are when no one is looking.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Hi Shannon, and welcome.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**Shann0n****Member**- Registered: 2010-10-29
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Thanks everyone! I am having a lot of fun reading at the moment, I will try to contribute something soon.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

What are you reading? A math book I hope!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**Shann0n****Member**- Registered: 2010-10-29
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I'm trying to work my way through Stephen Hawking's "Black Holes and Baby Universes" but I'm afraid I don't have the background to completely understand it. It's fun, though!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Heck, do not let that bother you,

I go through plenty of books without understanding a thing.

Matter of fact if you can go through a book learning one thing that is a big deal.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**Shann0n****Member**- Registered: 2010-10-29
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I agree! I think that if I do read a lot of books before I completely understand the subject matter, then when I come back to them with more knowledge I'll already have an idea of what to expect when I re-read them.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do that too. I like to hop around from one to book to another. Yes, it is haphazard but that is how I learn. What do you do? Take them in order?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**Shann0n****Member**- Registered: 2010-10-29
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No order, really. I just grab whatever looks interesting! I was actually looking for "A Brief History of Time", but the library didn't have it so I grabbed this one. I just read randomly on whatever interests me!

Have you read anything interesting lately?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I read " A Brief History of Time". I am currently reading a couple of math books in the hopes of solving some problems I have encountered. Have not read a novel since I picked up those God awful Michael Crichton books.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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