Download Trefethen's index cards : forty years of notes about people, by Lloyd N. Trefethen PDF

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By Lloyd N. Trefethen

This can be a ebook exact in constitution -- a set of rules famous on index playing cards over a interval of forty years.

Acclaimed mathematician Lloyd N Trefethen, Professor of Numerical research at Oxford college, has created an highbrow diary, marking the improvement of his pursuits and ideas, from his teenage years to the current. those techniques stand as signposts, directing us via a brain that applies a similar clinical self-discipline and rigor in daily life as that wanted for fulfillment in technological know-how and academia. Informative and exciting, Professor Trefethen's Index Cards is a college of observations of infrequent readability, in matters starting from astronomy to relatives lifestyles, and from song to politics.

The e-book should be of curiosity not just to different scientists and mathematicians, yet to an individual within the common public attracted to discerning how a systematic outlook informs the way in which we see broader matters within the societies we are living in

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Indd 25 5/25/11 11:33 AM 5 December 2001 Life after death My father died last month, but you don’t absorb a thing like that instantly. If you live far away, you may have to force yourself to remember that he isn’t at the end of a phone any more. It’s as if his death isn’t just a fact handed me on a plate, but something I have to practice and learn till I’ve got it by heart. This experience has changed my conception of why people think there is life after death. Previously I had imagined that this idea was a pure fabrication, a big bite of irrationality whose emotional origin was clear enough but whose epistemology was laughable.

Should I shave off my beard, I asked? “It’s your face,” he said. indd 3 5/30/11 4:31 PM 14 February 1970 The horror of middle age I have long had a monstrous fear of death and especially aging. It is the thought that everybody and particularly myself has only one life, and only one chance to live it. I dread getting a year older thinking I could have accomplished more, and the thought of middle age, before one has begun to deteriorate physically, but yet has finished one’s beginning of life, fills me with unspeakable dread and horror.

A casual glance or two, that’s the limit. No beaming, no instant conversations, and certainly no patting and cuddling. indd 38 5/25/11 11:33 AM 29 August 2000 Food and sex drives Our drive for food is zero after a good meal and rises decisively toward infinity in the hours and days afterwards. Imagine if sex were like that. indd 39 5/25/11 11:33 AM 21 January 2003 Cats playing with string If you wiggle a piece of string in front of our cats Tiger and Jack, they are fascinated and can’t resist pouncing on it.

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