This was a previously written and redacted, because it was a bit offensive. I decided to … resurrect it … because it was apropos for Easter weekend. Please remember, this is meant as comedy.
Also, if you have a good answer to the question: Why is it called “Good Friday” if it is the day of remembrance for someone’s torture and death? (Answer in the comments!)
Here we have it: the comparison between math and crucifixion
Some days my sense of humor gets the better of me, and today is one of those days. I was having a conversation with a colleague about teaching linear algebra. The subject matter is interesting but with many details to keep track of, and we got to the point where the students usually say “I just don’t know where to start.” And many found it excruciating. One of us (probably me) had a moment where instead of saying they found it excruciating, they found it like being crucified. Something about this was incredibly funny to us.
Yes, I know some people will be offended by this. If so, I will remind you that *you* installed that particular button. If you feel you may be offended**, then skip this post.
- The process of crucifixion is an act of torture that is meant set an example for others.
- (Linear) algebra uses examples that are torturous.
- One involves a painstaking process to things started, in the other they just nail you to something.
- It seems excruciating at the start, but it gets worse before the end.
- If you do it right, you will end up killing trees
- It seems beautiful from a distance, but the closer you get to it you realize how messy it truly is.
- Both will yield “Cross-Products”
- There are fanatics who will practice these things to this very day. There are also religious zealots.
- Orthogonal Transformations.
Yes, it is a horrible image, I know. It’s funny if you are me ***.
** If you are offended because you are of a Christian or Catholic faith, then you can be both titillated and offended, then you can practice forgiveness.
*** If you somehow missed/ignored ALL of my warnings, then I don’t take responsibility. Also, if I believed in hell, then I’d probably go there.