“We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?”
Hilbert once had a student in mathematics who stopped coming to his lectures, and he was finally told that the young man had gone off to become a poet. Hilbert is reported to have remarked, 'I never thought he had enough imagination to be a mathematician'
I try to make Hilbert's epitaph my personal motto.
" Wir müssen wissen.
Wir werden wissen. "
During the day, I draw maps. During the night I put my underwear over my pants and fight crime using my superpowers of topology and some kick ass gadgets like linear algebra. Or most likely I'm either at home reading or in a bar explaining why the Platonists are assholes who burnt the work of the atomists and other rational philosophers.
Also I'm trying to break the okcupid matching algorithm. I still don't understand how 99% compatibility profiles can be so unappealing, while I had some lovely chats with 70%-80%. I mean, I did find a 99% profile who said she didn't like maths nor sci fi. If you have some ideas on how the god dam thing works and want to exchange data with me, please, by all mean, do.
Plus I don't think dating sites work for one simple reason. What they sell is users. If a user find a real match the website loses a consumer and a product. Twice.
well people say I talk too much. Or too fast. Or both.
Someone at my impro class called me "vertical" because I could switch from quoting Marcus Aurelius to telling fart jokes with absolutely no middle ground in between. That is the nicest compliment I have ever heard.
I'm reading almost anything fantasy or Sci Fi related. I love The Lord of the Rings, a Song of Ice and Fire, the Chronicle of the Black Company, the Wheel of Time,...
I've read all of Discworld's novels and couldn't wait for the next one. my favourite character being Lord Vetinari. I'd really like a full novel focusing on him and not just as a supporting character.
I Think Asimov is a semi god sent to Earth to deliver a message of hope and teach me how to pass physics. He did 50% of the job. I've read all of his work in French when I was in high school and now I'm completing my English collection. I've also read nearly all of Clark's work and most of Niven and Dick's works.
The awesomest (yes firefox, I know that's not a word. Screw you !) thing about Niven's ringworld is that he wrote a sequel after fans from the MIT pointed out all of the engineering's errors in his first book.
I'm also reading science books for the fun of it. I can never recommend Penrose's "The Road to Reality" enough. It's like a Stephen Hawking books, except with Maths. And Maths make everything better. Also Isaac Asimov's "Understanding Physics" is the best book anyone can ever read. If Earth were to be destroyed in the next minutes and all we could save from mankind was one book, I would choose this one. If you haven't read it yet ; read it. It is your life's new highest priority. Stop everything you are doing now and go buy and read this book.
Also I like French Classical Literature. The "Grand Siècle" : Molière, Racine, Corneille, Cyrano. So many great read. XIXth century also is quite fascinating : Balzac (<3 the best French ever written) Hugo, Dumas,... For some reasons I didn't enjoy Zola. His style is too heavy to be enjoyable. But I've recently read "La débâcle" and it was surprisingly good. While we're the French, there's, of course, Rabelais. I've never read that many dick jokes per page.
As for the non French, non English Literature I'm afraid my knowledge is a bit more limited. I have to read the translated versions : Kafka, Dostoïevski, Remarque,... On a side note My local library had Hašek's "The Good Soldier Švejk" listed under "Germanic Literature". I asked to see the manager.
Ok that should cover a small part of the "books" section of the things I enjoy. I will try to be quick for the rest.
I've watched Star wars a gazillion times and all of Star Trek TOS... :)
I'm also a huge fan of Cosmos. I still have the VHS back home. ;)
Doctor Who can get me on his TARDIS any time he wants. I always trust a man who asks me to come inside a windowless box for candies, as long as he has a British accent.
I did rage-quit Game of Thrones through season 5. Too much deviation from the source material, too much WTF ? too much both literal and metaphorical rape of characters.
Music : Simple. Classical and Metal. I hate rap and don't consider electro to be music but rather the proof you don't need talent to sell, only to fall asleep on a keyboard and, maybe, sometime move your head a little.
Oh. And drunken sailors songs. I love drunken sailors songs. ♫ Prêt à livrer mille batailles pour l'or du roi d'Espagne ... ♫
food. Yes. Please insert food inside me.
I use it all the time at work, when choosing the shortest path to go on a trip, to know how much holidays will cost, to know If I'll have enough time, to choose which algorithm to implement... and sometimes just for fun
I'd like to paraphrase my personal hero, Richard Feynman :
Math is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
I can't go a full week without reading.
I get sad if I don't get to dirty my shoes
I can't start working without my cup of coffee and my Dilbert comic.
my sense of humor
I get sad when I don't joke.
Come on! I'm French! What do you expect ?
hmmm... I wonder if that happens every time.
(If you got the last reference you win 100 extra bonus points)
Continuum hypothesis. It seriously keeps me from sleeping at night.
Seriously. People. This is mind blowing.
Creating a Heavy Metal band that will use Churchill's speeches as lyrics for its songs. It will be called "We shall ask for none" as a reference to the glorious "But be the ordeal sharp or long, or both, we shall seek no terms, we shall tolerate no parley; we may show mercy-we shall ask for none."
Getting away for the week end
Wondering if I should leave it all behind, just board a boat and sail around the world, probably killing myself in the attempt because I'd much rather use the sextant and spend hours doing tedious spheric trigonometric calculation than use a GPS.
Wishing I had a euro every time I read "there is no typical Friday" on a okc profile. Then I could afford a boat and a crew and I would go on sailing the seven seas.
When I was in college I invited a woman I was courting to dinner to my place. I did spend over 200 € on the bottle of wine. (was a Clos-Vougeot, could not remember the year) which was more than a month food budget. I did eat ramen noodle for nearly five weeks straight. Do this day I have never regretted the wine.
If you are a true redhead. I already want to marry you.
If you want to go hiking.
If you want to help me prove that P=NP, I'm willing to let you have the million dollars prize.
If you have a favourite map projection and want to tell me about it.
If you want to go have a couple of beers with me.
If you love maths.
If you are a nice German woman and would consider raising a bilingual family with me.
If you want to cook with me.
If you want to leave it all behind, just board a boat, sail around the world and prevent me from probably killing myself in the attempt.
If you want to spend your nights trying to prove the continuum hypothesis and your days in the paradise Cantor has created for us.
If you work, or study, in a STEM related field.
Wenn du mir üben mein Deutsch helfen willst .
(don't have to meet all conditions. It's a || not a && )
If you're looking for an ice breaker here are some ideas :
-What is your favourite dinosaur and why ? (warning there's a correct answer)
-When the robots will rise and try to take over in which side will you fight for ?
-Once we've colonized Mars, what should be our next move ?
-Imagine a conversation between Marc Twain and Jules Verne. A conversation that I could continue.