if you ever think mythology is boring or serious business or whatever shit
just remember that cerberus, the hell-hound and guard dog of the underworld, comes from the root indo-european word ḱerberos, which evolved into the greek word kerberos, which got changed to cerberus when it went from greek to latin
ḱerberos means “spotted”
hades, lord of the dead, literally fucking named his pet dog spot
EMILYYYYYYY. why couldn’t this have been our class though.
Does the white man understand our custom about land?” “How can he when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad; and our own brothers who have taken up his religion also say that our customs are bad. How do you think we can fight when our own brothers have turned against us? The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.
Silly question, right? If you define aging as a process that stops at death, the only way we’ll ever be the same age is if I die first. If you don’t, then we’ll never be the same age. Every time you age a…
Today, I excitedly opened my email, knowing today my panel would be announced for my research presentation. I had compiled so much beautiful, amazing data. All of my effort had gone to making my argument elegant and simple yet genius and thoughtful. What I have on paper is nothing less than beautiful.
And then I opened my email and threw my binder across the room.
My panel consists of English professors and history professors.
Everything I had been working on all semester for presentation went out the window. My task now? Simply to communicate a simplified, rather ugly version of everything I have been working on. I have to make them understand my research - this panel of people who may have taken one calculus class about 20 years ago.
There has been much discussion on the mathematics tag lately about the importance of communicating math. While I hope none of you all are ever put in my shoes, it leads to an interesting question I replied to someone’s question in my inbox regarding: what is the use of mathematics if you cannot communicate it?
What do you think?
Having to present to non-math persons is like using Spanish to describe English. It just doesn’t work as well.
Second Answer: The great David Hilbert once said, “A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man you meet on the street.” Best of luck to you.
Third Answer: The GREATER Einstein said, “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
You can explain ideas and concepts simply, but there gets to be a point where a baseline knowledge is essential.