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lekikui Re:community (326 comments)

Of course, \LaTeX\ works as well, and is quicker to type.

more than 5 years ago

Trick or Treatment

lekikui Re:It isn't all wrong (713 comments)

No, data is the plural. Datum is the singular.

more than 5 years ago

Best Paradigm For a First Programming Course?

lekikui Re:All of them. (592 comments)

Databases and typesetting systems, respectively. Whaddya mean, those don't have real world applications?

more than 5 years ago

Best Paradigm For a First Programming Course?

lekikui Re:The Basics. (592 comments)

That's why you teach scheme. The syntax is basically nonexistent, and can be introduced very slowly as it becomes needed. The whole focus can be on the ideas.

more than 5 years ago

A Cheat Sheet To All the Browser Betas

lekikui Re:galeon? (188 comments)

While not the GP, I can in my browser.

I'm using conkeror, and C-x b gives me iswitchb-mode to change buffers, with searching through, tab completion, etc. Easiest way to do it ever.

more than 5 years ago

New Asimov Movies Coming

lekikui Re:If you liked the movie... (396 comments)

The 'Arwen/Aragorn love affair' is also there in the books, it's not like Jackson pulled that out of thin air. They make it more obvious in the film, but that's a change I can live with.

more than 5 years ago

(Useful) Stupid Unix Tricks?

lekikui Re:Well (2362 comments)

You may have ALSA instead. Try

aplay < /dev/urandom

For example

more than 5 years ago


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Draft Personal Statement

lekikui lekikui writes  |  about 6 years ago Mathematics

According to G. H. Hardy, "Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics." (A Mathematician's Apology) It is primarily for this reason that I wish to study it at university -- formal mathematics at university level has this beauty and grace to it that many other subjects lack. Reading around the subject has further developed my interest, and I have learnt a great deal from books such as Numbers and Proofs, by R.J.B.T Allenby.

In particular, I am interested by the applications of mathematics to the study of computers and intelligence, and the shared links between these subjects. I have spent time working independently through textbooks which focus on this area, primarily Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, (Abelson, Sussman, and Sussman).

Through my independent work, I have gained an understanding and love of mathematical problem solving, particularly in the more abstract areas. This is also applied to computational contexts, including algorithms and programming theory. Furthermore, this has honed my self motivation, and my ability to work in small groups on difficult problems.

One of the more interesting intersections of mathematics and computing is in the field of computer typesetting. Doing this well requires the use of well designed algorithms, in order to produce the best results. I have attended a number of conferences on the TeX system, including the TeX Users Group meeting in 2008. I have also done contract work in it for the Iranian Bible Society.

Speaking of employment, I have a part time job at a local computer store, which is primarily retail work and dealing with customers. My responsibilities include running the store for a number of hours while my employer is at a client's, and closing the store, including clearing away the till.

In my spare time, I am involved with a local musical theatre group (Chinnor Musical Theatre), primarily as a technical assistant, and have worked on lighting, sound, and backstage on a number of previous shows. I am also active in my school's Debate Society, and have spoken in debates on topics as diverse as compulsory organ donation, privacy and ID cards, and the effects of religion.

I am also fairly active online. I administrate one forum (The Gaslamp Bazaar), and debate actively on a number of subjects on others. As a result, I have learned a lot about writing and conveying my position in text, along with exposure to a wide number of political views. One of the most interesting aspects is the very broad background many of my fellow debaters have, and this differing outlook provides for insightful discussion of subjects.

As a University student, I would be primarily looking to further my understanding of mathematics, in a friendly and enthusiastic group of fellow students.


lekikui lekikui writes  |  more than 6 years ago Writing/Composition--3 years
Literature (Classic and modern)--2 years
History (World and National)--3 years
Argumentation/Debate--2 years
Scientific Method/Logic--1 year
Biology/Chemistry/General Science--3 years.
Math up to Pre-Calc (including Trig and Stats)--4 years
A foreign language--2 years

That's a sensible curriculum

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