We have regular social events; the big ones being the Integrating Factor in term 1, and the Maths BBQ/ puzzle trail in term 3, as well as smaller socials such as pub golf throughout the year. We will inform you of these via our Facebook groups and through emails.
Over the years the lecturers here at Warwick have delivered one great lecture after another, sometimes they even find the time to say something funny. WMS presents to you some of the best quotes from our favourite lecturers.
At the bottom of the page you'll find more fun stuff!
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- "Why are you talking? Is there a problem? [He pauses for a moment.] The problem is that I am going very fast but the clock is not going fast enough. " - 2005
- "Samir Siksek [teaching vectors and matrices]: "Would you like to know a secret about the exam?" Students: "Yes!" [He checks outside the door to make sure that nobody is listening in.] Samir Siksek: [Whispering] "There will be questions about vectors and matrices in the exam."" - 2005
- "I have lost the theorem so I will have to make it up. [Writes: Are you happy with the made-up theorem?]" - 2005
- "[After a girl at the back yawns loudly.] That sound actually makes me happy. You know why? Because that is a sign that at least one of you is alive." - 2006
- "Is it just me or do lecturers appear incompetant?" - 2005
- "Samir Siksek: "It that clear?" Students: "Yes" Samir Siksek: "You don't need an example, do you?" Students: "No" Samir Siksek: [Looks at clock.] "But we've still got 15 minutes left so we're going to waste 15 minutes of our time on an example we don't need."" - 2005
- "I've had the course [SSLC] survey, so now I can do anything I like." - 2005
- "I noticed a look of disappointment on your faces last week when you saw the blue sheet. Having thought about this over the weekend I have come up with a conjecture: You have spent the entire summer working in a sweatshop in order to pay for the fees for this experience, and when you finally got here you looked at this single side of A4 and decided it didn't really represent value for money. So to rectify this this week it is two sides of A4." - 2006 (and similar in 2007)
- "I am not going to reccommend a textbook to you, because if I did, 5 minutes after this lecture has finished there would be a riot in the library and a massacre in the bookshop." - 2007
- "It is normally about this time in the course that I tell you exactly what will be on the test tomorrow, but unfortunately for you your Director of Undergraduate Studies Dave Wood is sitting at the back, so I can't. Life's a bitch!" - 2007
- "A corollary is when a theorem has a baby, and decides to call it Corollary" - 2008
- "If you are honest, you will check this is well-defined... but I don't want to see the evidence one way or another!" - 2013
- "Hamilton is probably the most noteworthy Irish mathematician there has been ... I can't remember his first name." - 2001
- "Mathematicians are anarchists. [Explaining why there is no international system for notation in Maths]" - 2004
- "If you ignore the complications, it's not very complicated." - 2004
- "It's so obvious I wrote it down wrong." - 2005
- "I really shouldn't lecture on this particular proof. I never get it right." - 2006
- "If you do the check and you've got it right, you feel wonderful. If you do the check and you've got it wrong, you feel suicidal." - 2006
- "Like most things, if you understand it, the proof is obvious. But since you rarely understand things, I'll go through the proof." - 2006
- "[on quadratic forms] The general aim in life is to get rid of the xy terms." - 2006
- "The theory is more likely to be correct than our arithmetic." - 2006
- "I'm not saying anything about reality." - 2013
- "Let's forget about real things for a moment." - 1995
- "Jabber! Jabber! Jabber! ... I can't teach" - 2004
A selection of links to other fun bits: