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"Small piece of paper that I'm hiding from you, yes?" [Sep. 24th, 2008|04:00 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

My theory professor on...

  • Proof by contradiction: "I am going to say a wrong thing now! Don't listen."
  • Injective functions: "If you have n things at the beginning and n things at the end, then everybody was busy getting something."
  • The pigeonhole principle: "If you do not want to repeat yourself, make sure you do not speak more times than the number of things you know how to say."
  • The pumping lemma: "The pumping theorem is sometimes called a 'lemma' for historical non-reasons."
  • The use-vs.-mention distinction: "When you say 'My elephant is sick today', you mean that your elephant is sick today."
  • Nondeterministic automata: "So, for this automaton, my medical report would say 'Schizophrenic patient; is in states three, eight, and eleven.'"

Also, his accent is such that I can't tell if he's saying "nesty" or "nasty", as in "We can make this expression as n(e|a)sty as we like." Luckily, it doesn't matter.


[User Picture]From: stereotype441
2008-09-24 09:11 pm (UTC)
Your theory professor is awesome. Particularly the pigeonhole principle quote--words to live by.

I'm reminded of a physics professor I used to have--her accent was so strong that it was impossible to tell whether she was saying "reflection" or "refraction". Unfortunately, she wasn't quite so much of a Yogi Berra as your professor.
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[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2008-09-24 10:50 pm (UTC)
I had a boss a few years ago with no accent, but he used to say he was "flustrated." It remains the best new word I know.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-09-25 03:08 am (UTC)
I thought Maya made that one up.
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[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2008-09-25 03:23 am (UTC)
No, not that one. She did make up "ablum" and "Chuck Hartage." I'll leave it you, or possibly her, to explain those.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-09-25 06:10 pm (UTC)
I think I'll spare everyone the pain.

Someday, one of us should write a novel about Chuck Hartage of Cedar Rapids.
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[User Picture]From: pmb
2008-09-24 11:19 pm (UTC)

But I most remember her examples of applying friction involving sticking babies' hands and faces into wheels to slow the wheels down.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-09-25 03:07 am (UTC)
Oh! Now I understand friction!
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