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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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No more exam conditions? I am not following you.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I was about an hour into the paper and had to stop. So the exam conditions aren't really there anymore because I've had extra time to think about it...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I see what you are saying. That can not be helped. My sister will be calling me soon.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Why?

(I've decided to abandon the paper and do it over again under exam conditions, closer to the STEP III exam date... don't know if that's the best thing to do)

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Why the call? Because she loves me enough to call once a month but not more often than that. Also because she loves me enough to want to make sure I am 2800 miles away from her.

That sounds okay to me. Do the paper under exam conditions is probably best.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

2800 miles... does she live in Hawaii?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Near NYC, geographically about 2500 miles but by the roads 2800.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Oh, I thought NYC was closer to LV than that...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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No, and that is the way they like it!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Why?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Because my family believes in "tough love!"

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

That is the British way too.

I think I should have taken longer than 2 days to reply to adriana.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Why is that? What happened?

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Nothing, I just think I should have waited for her to e-mail me again when she is desperate.

Holly also e-mailed me this morning but I don't care about pursuing her anymore. It's amazing that when you concentrate on mathematics you really stop caring about girls, as you said...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That works most of the time but the periods when it wears off the feeling can be intensified for awhile.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Then I just have to make sure it doesn't wear off.

I must try to have a summer of relaxation with lots of maths involved -- and no girls.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hmmm, few people get that type of joy in their lives.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

With maths, you mean?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, there is a serenity that comes when doing math.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Yes, it's easy to get lost in it. It can provide order in a disordered world. That's how Jakow Trachtenberg described it, I think.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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People say you should not isolate yourself like that. I am constantly being told I should aimlessly fly around the country to dispel the opinion that I am a hermit now. Yes, you should fly to Cleveland like so and so does. Kaboobly doo!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Whilst it is physical isolation, it certainly isn't mental isolation. The mind can explore too, and mathematics is a great way for exploration to be expressed.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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True, when I need a break I do something else but only as a diversion.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

It cannot be done perpetually though. Eventually the girls come.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is what nature wants. To violate it is sort of a crime.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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