Archive for the 'quotes' Category

“No one boasts of being unable to write a paragraph….”

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

From a Forbes piece titled Pick a Number, Any Number — On the the perils of bad math education
“I have listened to public intellectuals and university faculty members unapologetically announce that they cannot manage elementary arithmetic computations and are happily ignorant of algebra and geometry…

Individually, each one of us needs to challenge public celebrations of mathematical ignorance.”

> Read the Full Piece

by Donal O’Shea, Dean Of Faculty, Professor of Mathematics  at Mount Holyoke College And Author, The Poincare Conjecture: In Search Of The Shape Of The Universe

Guinean president

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

The Guinean Government website has an excellent quote about the Guinean president:

Marié et père d’une famille nombreuse, M. Lansana CONTE a une passion : l’agriculture et le sport.

Which directly translates to: Married and father to a numerous family, M. Lansana CONTE has one passion : agriculture and sport.

Will I become…

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Will I become someone deep enough to see truth and strong enough to honor it? Will I be gentle to give affection and generous enough to receive it? Will I be imaginative to envision a humane solution and energetic enough to effect it? Will I make difference to the world and know peace in my soul?
—
Elizabeth T. Kennan ’60, former president, Mount Holyoke College (1978–1995), baccalaureate address, 1995