Sunday, February 15, 2009

What Math Nerds do on Valentine's Day

I always knew Adrian was that right guy for me :-). He was in thought yesterday pondering various ways to prove that [sin(theta)]^2 + [cos(theta)]^2 = 1, and he commented that it would be an extremely straight-forward proof if preceded by a proof of the Pythagorean theorem. I agreed, and then got all excited because I remembered one of the many proofs of the Pythagorean theorem that I learned in college, so I sit down and show him. Then he gives me a refresher of how to integrate with trig substitutions. Which was fun, because my calculus is SO rusty. See, calculus is his favorite kind of math, and geometry is mine, so we get to complement each other. Haha.

Then we ate a dark chocolate orange. Because that's always a good idea.

12 comments:

natalie said...

So, I'm sitting here trying to decide how to react to this post:
1. Laugh hysterically;
2. Shake my head and feel sorry for your children;
3. Rejoice that there are people in the world like you to handle all these complex mathematical questions;
4. Spend some time with google, because I really have no clue what you're talking about.

:-D Regardless...I'm glad you all had a good Valentine's Day! And I'm glad to see somewhat more frequent postings from you these days!

Lydia said...

Susan, you totally crack me up! You and Adrian were MADE for each other. I don't know any other couple on this whole planet who would spend Valentine's day in that way. So glad you got to spend the day doing what your heart delights in with the one your soul loves. :)

BTW, for a semi-geeky post from me you can read my latest blog post about my favorite medical words. It helps if you know any Latin to parse a few of them. LOL!

une_fille_d'Ève said...

#2, Natalie, #2. That's always my response anyway.

Meg G said...

I see a future of math scribblings left on the kitchen table ...... crayon math scribblings on the tablecloth at Macaroni Grill ..... math discussions around the dinner table ..... geometry proofs done just for fun ..... discussions about what the coolest number is ..... oh, the possibilities are endless! .... meanwhile, Hans is looking on, taking it all in. :-)

ashley @ twentysixcats said...

Hmm I believe I wrote a blog post about this once... entitled "Those weird math people" :-)

Beth M. said...

Isn't it fun being a math nerd? We didn't do this for Valentine's, but maybe we should have. Instead, we went out to dinner: the food was mediocre, the service was slow, and a random woman we stopped to chat with on the way out asked if I'm having twins (I'm only just starting to show...). Calculus proofs definitely would have been more fun!

Eltinwe said...

Actually, that sounds romantic to me. See... most people think that romance is about flowers and pink and chocolates. Me, I think it's really about togetherness. If you can be together with math, then do it. People look at me funny when I tell them that playing computer games can be romantic, but I think it can be. And this year, Brandon and I actually had a dinner outing which turned out to be... interesting. It was a fun evening. And he didn't get me anything for that silly hallmark holiday... until the following week, when he picked up clearance candy on a random trip to the store for eggs and bread.

Jessie said...

Y'all are so cute : ) So entirely perfect for each other. Didn't we always say that, from the time we first "met" Adrian??

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