Tom Brown

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I have 128 stories published in 8 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 73362 times and 5 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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Tom Brown


I consider myself a teacher of mathematics. I have an MSc at the University of
South Africa and a PhD at the University of Pretoria but people mostly know
me as Mr Brown. What gives me most meaning and fulfilment in work is to
encourage and inspire gifted young people, who could face similar difficulties
and adversities than I've had. My main academic research interests would be
in stochastic processes and in the mathematical theory of empathy.
My greatest academic ambition is to consolidate the work of Prof Niko Sauer.
A monumental task. For the love of God and the fear of Mathematics!


My stories

Our President

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa A High School Essay December 2019 The apartheid secret police had him in solitary for eleven months. Can you imagine how...

Personal pronouns

Once I asked an inmate his name he said he was Jesus. So I asked if they just called him that? Or was he ..? And he replied gravely “I am He.”...

3 Calculating the Past

The Moon is very slowly receding from Earth it is predicted even by elementary physics and can be measured. This is a simple fact and is the result...

2 Elusive Answers

Indeed it sounds like a standard exercise to establish the story of how the Earth-Moon came to be, then we can leave it and get on with the Big-Bang...

Abc Print

Abctales is a publisher in full right. Why would you want to publish (printed page)? You get hundred times more exposure on the web and "it's all...


109 of my comments have received 110 Great Feedback votes

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it's good to be young

Posted on Fri, 14 Mar 2014

It's good to be young and insane.

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Posted in Mental Illness

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I didn't know quite what

Posted on Wed, 01 Jan 2020

I didn't know quite what to make of this Richard. It is about joy and faith? And life? To be honest I find it a bit strange. Is there meaning in the fact you posted it on New Years day?

Experimenting in one's writing is always a good thing...

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Posted in Rhapsody

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Very good! Informative too

Posted on Fri, 03 Jan 2020

Very good! Informative too, thanks Luigi! Must say the image of a lantern and the form/shape is brilliant. One gets that right only now and then and even seldom.

I hope we'll see more of these! Tom

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Posted in A Chinese Lantern

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Makes one think

Posted on Fri, 10 May 2019

Makes one think- in the end we all fall and shatter unseen- irreversable. Like a mirror.

Cheers Robert! Long life! Tom Brown

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Posted in We refract - a poem

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Simple and very sincere

Posted on Tue, 31 Dec 2019

Simple and very sincere a beautiful poem Richard! Such a gesture means a lot to a woman. They appreciate it always it makes her feel special. I agree with you about the donations my brother also does his due each year religiously. Doesn't have to...

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Posted in For My Wife

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I am very sorry to hear

Posted on Thu, 26 Dec 2019

I am very sorry to hear of the misfortune Richard. It is terribly sad. We are with you and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers and we too hope for recovery. Everything is possible with God.

The Browns

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Posted in Dear Jesus

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You must know how to work out

Posted on Sat, 28 Dec 2019

You must know how to work out the inside (obtuse) angles? It's very easy and quite neat. The same idea works for all regular polygons i.e 60o triangles, the square, pentagon hexagon and so on etc. Was it Archimedes that showed how these regular...

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Posted in Decagon

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Serves them right

Posted on Mon, 23 Dec 2019

Serves them right.

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Posted in Run and Run Some More

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The opening paragraph

Posted on Sat, 21 Dec 2019

The opening paragraph sounds so very familiar like the time I broke a beautiful wooden dining chair in half by accident, or when my buddies and me were playing and I ran the front door from its hinges, or we got drunk and smoked cigarettes and my...

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Posted in Peace on earth

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Feels like it's about me

Posted on Tue, 17 Dec 2019

Feels like it's about me,

Cheers Richard

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Posted in Christmas is Forgiveness