June 8th, 2012, 02:47 PM  #1 
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  My Math Forum!
Hello, I only want to give thank you to all users of this forum, because all those people helped me a lot and I expect that they will help me in future as well. To the MMF is a really helpful forum to me and maybe it is the finest forum of the universe till now. Here is some thoughts I'd like to share: The favourite moderators of mine: The Chaz, CRGreathouse The most useful moderators of MMF: MarkFL, greg1313 The most favourite jokers of mine: ZardoZ, Soroban The masters of convergency: Dougy, CRGreathouse. The masters of diophantine equation: brangelito The masters of complex analysis: ZardoZ, galactus Thank you all Sorry, maybe I cannot visit this forum for atleast 9 days, its because of my exam, but I think this dosent matters(as i told before, ¾ of my post is junk) 
June 8th, 2012, 05:19 PM  #2  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: My Math Forum! Quote:
 
June 10th, 2012, 07:50 AM  #3  
Math Team Joined: Apr 2012 Posts: 1,579 Thanks: 22  Re: My Math Forum! Quote:
And yet, progress proceeds on several fronts. What more can one ask? As for complex analysis, I haven't even dared glance at the forum yet!  
June 10th, 2012, 11:48 AM  #4  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: My Math Forum! Quote:
The last answer for me is always "right now": I always find out about new math faster than I learn it. The others seem to have fixed answers: end of high school (felt like I knew a lot, but didn't yet know how much was out there) and ~junior year in college (eyes finally opened to the amount of math 'out there', hadn't really learned any of it yet).  
June 10th, 2012, 12:27 PM  #5  
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June 10th, 2012, 12:33 PM  #6  
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June 10th, 2012, 01:27 PM  #7  
Math Team Joined: Apr 2012 Posts: 1,579 Thanks: 22  Re: My Math Forum! Quote:
And as for the matter of the growth rate of the awareness of the vastness of one's ignorance far exceeding the growth rate of actual knowledge, there are times when it makes me absolutely dizzy, but since I realize that it's the very nature of the pursuit of knowledge that new questions pop up faster than old ones are answered, I just end up strapping myself in to enjoy the ride! I had a linguistics professor named Eric Hamp whose knowledge of language in general and historical linguistics (esp Indo_Eurpoean) was nothing less than encyclopedic, and he had the endearing habit of answering questions whose answers he did NOT know with "Sorry, but there aren't enough gaps in my ignorance to answer that!" Another genuinely genius level professor of mine, James McCawley, would end discussions of complex and/or controversial matters with "I've already told you more than I know about this." When I would come to McCawley with something novel I was working on, I would often ask him what the conventional wisdom was on the puzzle I was attacking and he on a few occasions said: There's not only no conventional wisdom, there's no conventional BS on THAT topic! Jim had a definition of 'red herring' that went "something you don't believe but teach to your students anyway". So what he was saying was that there weren't even any red herrings in his sense on the topic. And I was not particularly prone to go looking terribly far afield for issues to address. The questions I tended to asked seemed pretty obvious to me. So the fact that this was his response on more than just one or two occasions was an object lesson in how little is really known even collectively. We will never ever run out of new questions.  
June 13th, 2012, 06:23 PM  #8 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2010 From: Changchun, China Posts: 492 Thanks: 14  Re: My Math Forum!
Ok sweety, I go here just to keep my sensibility of maths, that will keep me away from the ParkinsonismPlus 

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