Let me confess my other love-it is mathematics. I still read mathematics books until to-day;and that is after more than 25 I left the university. I know this subject is hated by many, but please allow me to write a short blog with some links to my other mathematical webpages. When I was in form Six(A-level), I told my teacher that I wanted to be a mathematician. But I am not good enough ,so I became an engineer;-)

A few years ago( can't remember the year), I read the book on Fermat's Last Theorem.It was a pure mathematics problem that remained unsolved for 350 years!The problem was solved by one Princeton University researcher Andrew Wiles a decade ago. It was an enjoyable read but you need basic pure mathematics pre-U level to understand the discussion.

To-day, I read that another 100-year old problem called Poincare Conjecture is about to be solved by a Russian. If he could proved it, then there is US1million prize money for him. I like the money but I may take 200 years to solve it.So, I prefer to do other business to make money and read the books instead;-)

**"So far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality,they are not certain.And so far as they are certain ,they do not refer to reality".
-Albert Einstein**

Good morning Pak Adib,

When I was in college, I just loved mathematics and accounting classes. But I was so bad at it, I had to take Remedial classes when everyone else was in advanced classes.

I would spend a lot of time solving problems and I just couldn't revert my attention to anything else until I got it right! I had a really good and patient Math teacher in KPP by the name of Encik Daud. He was cute too, so I always pretended that I didn't understand Math concepts just so I could get personal tuition from him at the Math Clinic...hihi, was I devious or not!

Posted by: anis | Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 10:06 AM

maths had been my one favourite subject since my secondary school. the thing i like most about maths is algebra and solving problem using various kind of equation. As I extend my life into the college environment.. I find calculus is another great thing. later i find that why i like maths is i like to solve problem.. As in Maths such situation existfor solving a maths problem we need all kind knowledge on how to manipulate the equation,theorem, etc... I just love maths! eventhough i happened not to be a master in that subject!

Posted by: kg | Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 12:30 PM

Anis,You are!

While waiting for my HSC results,I taught maths for form two students.One of the girls behaved like you and I could read her like a book.When I was younger, I was also cute like your Cikgu Daud;-)

KG,

Determinate equations are easy to solve if you know the methods,but real life problems are indeterminate in nature-something like you have more variables than the number of the equations.

Btw, can someone expound the meaning of Einstein's statement as quoted by me at the end of my blog posting?

Thank you.

Posted by: Adib | Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 02:39 PM

My understanding of what Einstein was saying is :

"So far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality,they are not certain."

The laws of mathematics are at best an approximation of how things are in the world.

" And so far as they are certain ,they do not refer to reality"

The fundamental laws of mathematics are internally correct but do not reflect what happens in the world.

Reading Fuzzy Logic by Bart Kosko will throw some light on Einstein's words.

Posted by: Kura-Kura | Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 08:54 PM

Too bad, I'm an absolute useless in Math. I always say, "I only know to count up to 10". Not surprise, I ended up being an engineering student drop-out, what a big cock-up, haha...

... life is fair....

Posted by: ambo_ni | Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 10:38 PM

a'kum friends!

i found maths "interestingly interesting" when i started my matriculation.....business related maths subjects like statistics, decision science etc...really enjoyed it...

and i then realized...if only i received the teaching method like my matriculation when i was in sekolah menengah...i may have performed better in maths & science subjects!!

teehahaha!! 3 months to spm, we still have 5 btitles backlogged....and the add. maths teacher was attending a seminar in Japan!!

Posted by: kyril | Friday, January 09, 2004 at 07:20 PM

Hi,

I too like maths alot. My mind will be totally occupied by it once I am interested, But alas! I haven't solved too many problems myself. While doing a PhD in neuroscience I get less opportunity to dwell myself in maths. Now my interest is to work on problems that are posted on the net. Some of them even offer money! So I thought why make some money yeh!:-)

Posted by: anupg | Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 11:43 PM

please five me some problems

Posted by: manavjitsingh | Friday, June 11, 2004 at 04:35 PM

Dear Sir

I am an electrical engineer from Iran.

I am interested and skilful to solve mathematics problems.

Please send me these problem for solving.

Regards

M. H. Tahouri

Posted by: Mohammad Hassan | Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 05:17 PM