The world according to Sven-S. Porst
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This is so obvious that I wonder why it didn't occur to me earlier. When just marking assignments that dealt with the (complex) logarithm and it's branches, it suggests that this area of maths seems rooted among trees. I suppose the 'log' in logarithm doesn't really come from the bit of wood, but it's still a funny thought that it can have different branches... ah, I'm easily amused.
Also in the work I marked, the polynomial 1+z2 had to be factorised. Funnily, the better students who deliver generally nicer work all factored it straightforwardly as (1+iz)(1-iz) while using the form (z+i)(z-i) is a simpler result.
The whole Venus transit thing today. Luckily someone brought protected binoculars to the department for the occasion today. I know it's only a little black spot in front of a huge white spot, but it's still quite cool.
Easily amused, as I said.
The news were crap today: The anchorman was wearing a pastel pink tie which should be forbidden. And after the obvious (Iraq, G8, along with a map of the travel routes the politicians have) they had long items about the Venus thing (referring to it as a 'star') and the heart of Louis XVII, a slow day at the stock market (not that it is interesting on other days, either) and so on.
Can people really whine about having to hand-write their exams? They can.
June 9, 2004, 0:21