This has happened once before in college: the culprit then being Euler. I used to hate his method or formula to solve differential equations (namely because I probably didn't understand it). I also had a hard time getting to grips with complex numbers and his name had popped up there as well. The perfect scene for this hating to begin.

However, last year I made my peace with Euler after reading more about his life. I forgave him for his formula, and let bygones be bygones.

Now it's Cauchy's turn. "Cauchy's estimation lemma", "Cauchy's integral formula", his theorem for a star domain, triangular domain and million more! His name even popped up in real analysis on Thursday, (after Rolle's theorem) giving me quite a shock indeed.

Today the lecturer even semi-apologised for this (and appeared exasperated by having to write Cauchy's name everywhere). Actually that might have just been my imagination...

I don't want to hate the guy! I don't even know him. I mean, he sounds like a cool character, but his theorems are giving me a head ache.

I read somewhere that he fled France around the time King Charles did. Why did he leave? How many mathematicians work has he .... STOLEN so that he was forced to flee? (Don't shoot the messenger, but ... fine I am just bitter and want to make a villain out of him*). I mean I wouldn't mind writing Беанс's estimation lemma, but please no more Cauchy. (Fizz and myself were discussing which theorem's we would steal and give our name too. Actually once again, after Morera's theorem was presented it was me who mentioned something like this).

Hmmm, why don't we make something fun out of this? (To reduce the burning anger I am feeling of course. ;)) Which Theorem would you associate with yourself? People ask you what car you would love to drive, or something similar, but have you ever been asked about which Theorem you could eat? That being said, I don't want no estimation theorem. I want the sandwich rule! It has to be that and nothing else. (Well there are a few other delightful little theorems and lemmas out there, but the sandwich theorem has a special place in my \sout{stomach} heart).

I will finish this post and then let my imagination run wild, as I toss and turn in bed. I am trying to think of a theorem whose proof I have satisfyingly laboured through myself. Nothing springs to mind straight away, probably because no such theorem exists! And then I call myself a mathematics student... Don't be embarrassed if the first thing to spring to mind was Pythagoras's Theorem. ;)

OK, I better behave now.

Unofficially I am on maths vacation. I have chosen to take one weeks leave of all my mathematical responsibilities, for better or worse. It is a risky thing to do, but in my current state of mind I am only being unfair to my work. I was told to be brave today. Brave had nothing to do with anything, but I have been brave. I will still be attending my lectures and example classes, but not just studying in my own time. I must do this for I can't do two things and I not deciding between two makes me do none. How bad can it be though?

Something embarrassing happened which I can't help but mention. I found myself an empty classroom to do work initially, and then to draft my talk for the school thing. I used the black board first, and even cleaned it afterwards. However, as I was talking to myself trying to form things, a person could be found looking in. I looked at the time and realised a class was going to take place in that room. A lecturer walked in and laughed, whilst I embarrassedly spluttered something about the room not being used. He seemed a nice enough guy and proceeded by saying, "I was thinking that my class size tends to be much bigger than yours". The room had been empty apart from me! Embarrassment over I explained myself and then left laughing as well. It is one of them moments...

My normal Thursday routine returned today as well (much to my delight). I think I never know when to shut up, but that is why I don't mind being told to. (In a nice way of course. ;) ) If I say "Have you two minutes?" I really mean 2 + n, where n \in[1, \infty )! My PT and many other lecturers can confirm that for you. I had to stop myself from talking to Prof. D the other day, because I had a lecture to get too. PS is cool, so I think it is about time I stopped trying to persuade him to drink tea instead of coffee at university! (It's not like he was going to listen, but the tea you have at university is not quite as good as the one you drink at home. So I would rather that he not drink it). I really hate the green top milk - it leaves a weird taste in my mouth; but still tea is tea. I got some more pointers as well, but now I need to get ideas into words.

To conclude (this awfully short post): Cauchy better watch his back! (Don't try stopping me as well... after all I am a mean, green Fourier fighting machine... remember?)*

*Let a Беанс have some fun!

## 2 comments:

"PS is cool, so I think it is about time I stopped trying to persuade him to drink tea instead of coffee at university!"If I had to perform a lecture in front of those 200 odd students, I'd probably want something even stronger than coffee...

Lol.I don't think either are required, but a lot of adrenaline never harms anyone (which needs some nerves!)

He drinks tea for breakfast which is enough for me. :D

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