Tom Brown

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Tom Brown

My father was a motor-mechanic and my mother a librarian I am the eldest brother. We are South-African my roots lie in Pretoria and East-London. I have a doctorate in Applied Mathematics but people mostly know me as Mr Brown. The promoter for the PhD was Prof N Sauer (UP 2005) and the Master's supervisor Prof WK Bartoszek (Unisa 1997).

There have been formal advanced coursework and research in diverse areas including the following: Markov operators; stochastic processes; partial differential equations; semi-groups and double families of evolution operators.

The most admired famous mathematicians to me are Gauss, Riemann and Newton. Georg Cantor is very inspiring. Some favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells and Jack London and poets, William Blake and Dylan Thomas. I like science fiction and fantasy movies my all time greatest are the Narnia stories and the Lord of the Rings.

The meal best enjoyed is a breakfast of bacon eggs on toast fried chips with fresh orange juice (as opposed to instant oats and banana bread). For leisure I like nature hikes, and to go fishing and preferably alone. I love dogs and especially Labradors and Maltese poodles.

Including other interests such as in languages and literature I am interested in sciences in general for instance amateur astronomy. The formal studies were well worthwhile but the plan is to concentrate on writing now and not esoteric but instead popular accessible work.

For the love of God and the fear of Mathematics!

My stories

Curiouser and Curiouser!

Puzzling perplexions baffling riddles, The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today –Lewis Carroll Lateral puzzles You enter a...

The Nicotine Addict

What is Nicotine? A highly toxic poisonous chemical that works on the central nervous system both as stimulant or tranquilliser, the physiological...

Stand Up Comic

These days people just want to charge their batteries all the time for the rest they spend their life intensely “on your smutfone or tablet” whatever...

Kingdom of Heaven

Is there life out there? Could there even be intelligent life? One wonders if there might be other beings similar to us? Other beings, intelligent...

A drifting moon

The other day someone wrote to a local radio program he wanted to know whether the Moon rotates (spins) around it's own axis. The Astronomer said yes...


189 of my comments have received 191 Great Feedback votes

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No doubt inspired

Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2020

No doubt inspired by Jules Verne's classic scifi novel 20,000 leagues under the sea. Also makes one think of Jacques C. and the research ship the Calypso.

Good work, original too! We are in, looking out, man and fish roles reversed! Who's...

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Posted in Here Be Dragons

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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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Peanut butter

Posted on Sat, 24 Jul 2021

Peanut butter. Black belt? No! Black Cat! Great advertisement. Nice picture, chocolate icing or black cat? By the way what is IKEA?

Keep well! Tom Brown


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Posted in In IKEA, he dreams about the woman he loves

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A jet black cat

Posted on Thu, 17 Jun 2021

A jet black cat with burning green eyes. You paint a haunting picture, jealousy makes you nasty.


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Posted in "Willow's Tail" 11

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Good style Niamh

Posted on Wed, 16 Jun 2021

Good style Niamh and with you one never knows what is truth and what is fiction, very well written I would say. You've had me fooled more than once.

Yes very convincing. Very realistic. Keep well! Tom Brown


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Posted in Little Miracles

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Very nice Riannon!

Posted on Thu, 17 Jun 2021

Very nice Riannon! A wonderful little story I wish had a child like that too old now I suppose. Not as old as Abraham mind you!

And Cherries! Tom

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Posted in The way it should be (childhood rituals)

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Very good, I always think of Dylan

Posted on Sat, 05 Jun 2021

Very good, I always think of Dylan Thomas, do not go gentle into that good night, rage rage against the dying of the light.

But I like yours much more, peaceful, in general much more healthy I would say.

"The candle will stay cold...

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Posted in On The Death Of A Friend This Afternoon

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Sobering, yes I also

Posted on Mon, 31 May 2021

Sobering, yes I also had a friend or two like that, a friend in need is a friend indeed. Your story is actually very good, overcoming adversity people can learn from you from me too. Also the social part always on the borders never really...

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Posted in Conformity

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Albert Einstein said knowledge

Posted on Sat, 01 May 2021

Albert Einstein said knowledge can take you anywhere in this world. And imagination can take you anywhere.

Good poem Rhiannnon very well written! Tom Brown

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Posted in Roaming the world, and beyond

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Sounds wonderful Paul

Posted on Tue, 27 Apr 2021

Sounds wonderful Paul I wonder if we'll see the day! The immediate future is much more bleak but more sure. Closer to home.

The Moon, in her pale desolate beauty, cold and dead, that is very close hold your breath, a colony on the moon....

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Posted in Footsteps on Mars