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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.

Lecturer Quotes

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.

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  • Anthony Manning

    • "It's always best to start a sentence with a word." - 2004
    • "We can number the weeks in the term as so.....1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10." - 2005
    • "[Discussing assignment questions] How many of you have had problems with question 1? [pause] How many of you found question 1 easy? [pause] How many of you have had problems with question 2? [pause] How many of you found question 2 easy? [pause] How many of you have had problems with question 3? [pause] How many of you found question 3 easy? [pause] How many of you have had problems with question 4? [pause] How many of you found question 4 easy? [pause] It seems to me like nobody did the questions." - 2005
    • "The white chalk was running low, so I asked Albert [the Porter] for another box. The boxes are quite big and I was wondering where it all goes: does it get vacuumed up by the cleaners every morning before you arrive? or does it into the air and affect you? Does it help you think about analysis?" - 2006
    • "That reminds me: I want to talk to you about soap. I don't know if you've noticed, but the University's policy on soap has changed. It is now advertised as "calming, relaxing – energising, invigorating". So if you ever need calming and relaxing, or you've got to the point in the day when you need energising and invigorating, use soap." - 2006
    • "Series are like fish." - 2006
  • Trevor Hawkes

    • "[After rubbing out the theorem he was trying to prove] I wish I hadn't done that." - 1995
    • "We'll just have a five-minute breather, so just cool out. Er... chill out. Yes." - 1995
    • "I'm not a hero, but I am married!" - 1995
    • "My wife's children are a subset of mine" - 1995
    • "My three year old can't count, as he hasn't learnt to set up a bijection; yet" - 1995
    • "Who knows what a pita is? [Answer from the audience]: "It's a type of bread". Trevor - "No, it's a pain in the ass"." - 1997
  • Dmitriy Rumynin

    • "8 is very much like 6." - 2004
    • "If you showed me that definition in the middle of the night, I wouldn't know what it was. [Definition of Group Action] " - 2004
    • "[After completing a proof on change of bases] And there it is; that is black magic. Three hundred years ago you could be burnt for that." - 2004
    • "You can either follow the proof or wiggle your way around." - 2005
    • "Heisenberg gets stopped by a policeman, who asks "Do you know how fast you were going?", to which he answers "No, but I know exactly where I am!"" - 2008
    • "You take Heisenberg's cat, put it in a box and shoot it or something, and you get a measurement." - 2008
    • "Today I'm going to make a huge leap - maybe that's why I'm wearing this communist shirt." - 2008
    • "Do you use small or big a to write abelian ? [no one answers] Obviously there are a lot of people here who aren't thinking. I think this is a good thing for the leap! " - 2008
  • Nicholas d'Abrumenil

    • "sinh has no zeros, except one" - 1995
    • "... so we write lambda-squared as lambda-squared" - 1995
  • John Rawnsley

    • "d^2 needs to be bigger than... one over... can anyone see which inequality I need to use?" - 2001
    • John Rawnsley: "[having proved something for a continuous linear operator A] This works for all A." Student: "Do you mean all continuous linear A?" John Rawnsley: "[deadpan] You know, I'd always thought that I was the most pedantic person I ever knew..." -2003
    • "This is just a notationally complicated way of saying f is a homomorphism." - 2007
    • "My notes contain two proofs and I'm not sure which is right. One just says it's obvious." - 2009

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