Comments: Deriving the Definition of... Geek

Um ... yeah ... if you are spending your Saturday evenings doing maths and being excited about it ... that is definitely not a great sign :P

Posted by Amanda at October 3, 2009 10:21 PM

Working calculus problems is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

Posted by Angus of Ft William at October 3, 2009 10:31 PM

Hey, Bou! It's lame math joke time. What is the integral of 1/cabin dcabin?

Posted by PeggyU at October 4, 2009 01:14 AM

(Doing best Donald Gibb/Ogre impersonation and pointing at Bou) ""NEEEEEERRRRRRD!!!" hehehe

Posted by Graumagus at October 4, 2009 09:19 AM

Bou, not to worry. I keep my Music History books in my living room bookshelf in case one of my private students has a question on something I've not dealt with in years. And, yes, I guess that makes me a geek.

Posted by WolfDog at October 4, 2009 09:50 AM

I don't get it.

Oh look, to my left, on the bottom shelf of my bookshelf: a wide collection of Norton Anthologies of various types of literature, and other English-major books!

Posted by wRitErsbLock at October 4, 2009 01:39 PM

I still have quite a few Engineering graphics texts,
Geometric Tolerances, etc. Other than my Machinist's Handbook most of what you could consider "textbooks" I still have involve stuff that would interest the DHS...

Posted by Graumagus at October 4, 2009 03:25 PM

Still got my math texts, although honestly I should replace a couple of them with books that do better justice to the topics they cover.

Posted by PeggyU at October 4, 2009 03:31 PM

Amanda- It's that middle aged Mom thing too. What else to do on a Saturday night... read or do Calculus. Hmmm. ;-)

Dad- EXACTLY! It's like a big puzzle!

Peggy- Boo hiss! As for books that need replacing, I realized that Calculus books suck in explaining stuff. She didn't get the whole f'g+fg' any more than I did when I read it the first time with the dx/dy. Finally for the quotient rule I said, 'Look, derivative of the left * the right + the left * the derivative of the right.' She looked at me and said, "OH!!!" I did that with all of them and this light went off. Cal books SUCK.

Grau- Some days I have it covered more than others. :) Saturday night, I had it pegged. I DID, however, go to an Octoberfest celebration with my family as well.

Wolfdog- That very well may make you a geek. And if you spend your free time transposing music... just because... that will win you the award too!

Writersblock- I can loan you a math book or two to add to your collection should you so choose. We can do a book swap. ;)

Posted by Bou at October 4, 2009 09:12 PM

There's a classic introduction to calculus that you should be aware of, Bou. And it's free:

Calculus Made Easy, Silvanus P. Thompson, (1914). Look for the free copy from scribd.

"What one fool can do, another can" is what it's about. It's a fairly well known book in the mathematics community and well respected. I'd have linked it but your spam filter thinks scribd is questionable.

Posted by Carl Brannen at October 4, 2009 11:49 PM

I have all my Quality and Engineering books and even have Jurans Quality book on my christmas list (Juran was the father of quality).

I also Lean Manufacturer my kitchen for maximum useage.

It's a Quality geek thing.

Posted by Quality Weenie at October 5, 2009 10:00 AM

I remember my Dad and daughter sitting at the kitchen table working on a calculus problem when he was here visiting a few years ago and having fun. Sadly shaking my head, I didn't get it. The math gene skipped me. Had to use the MS Student program's link to hotmath to help the sixth grader when his sister wasn't around. Check to see if your calculus student's book is available.

Heh, only college book I have left, 30 years later, is on offset printing.

Posted by cin at October 5, 2009 10:33 AM

I just checked. Yep. I still have a calculus textbook.

Posted by Denny at October 5, 2009 01:30 PM

I took three semesters of calculus in college. When they got to the point where there wasn't even a story problem to solve, I began to wonder: "When am I ever going to use this in a real world setting." Then I switched to computer science and never looked back.

My calculus books are long gone. f (or is it F) calculus!

Posted by Jerry at October 5, 2009 03:14 PM

Carl- I'm buying that book!

Posted by Bou at October 5, 2009 08:22 PM

Bou, it's nice to have a real copy. What I like about the book is its concentration on intuition and just plain down-home explanation. It's simple enough that if you run into someone who thinks they're not smart enough for calculus, you can read them the first 5 pages and prove them otherwise.

Posted by Carl Brannen at October 5, 2009 10:12 PM

Ok, since nobody asked, it's ln cabin + C ... and that would be a houseboat. (I didn't say it was a good joke.)

Posted by PeggyU at October 6, 2009 02:17 AM

PeggyU, I laughed. ;-)

Posted by vw bug at October 6, 2009 11:44 AM

VW: You are too polite :) I keep waiting for the phone to ring, and Ryan Stiles to ask me to appear at his comedy club downtown. I think there is something wrong with my phone ...

Posted by PeggyU at October 6, 2009 04:52 PM