Tom Brown

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My stories have been read 130797 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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Tom Brown

Apart from studies in the natural sciences I am interested in languages and literature in general as well as religion. Lately I have been writing more popular general interest essays and also trying for a bit of balance with mathematics and while keeping things understandable for most people.

I am South-African born and bred. At high school I excelled in science and mathematics competitions and completed two years of mechanical engineering with very good results. That didn't work out due to ill health. I have had permanent teaching positions at Unisa and at Wits.

Graduating with an MSc under WK Bartoszek (Unisa 1997) and a PhD under N Sauer (Pretoria 2006) formal interests would be in abstract analysis: Markov operators and stochastic processes; vector valued Laplace transforms applied to semigroups and families of evolution equations (empathies). It has now been quite a while since I was academically active I don't have much published. The way things have developed was beyond my control and I am very isolated.

Favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells and Jack London, Shakespeare and poets William Blake and Dylan Thomas. I like adventure, 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, and for supper an ox-tail stew. I like eating out romantic. For recreation nature hikes, camping and fishing, listening to good music and reading, classics mostly, and good movies. I love dogs my best one was a Maltese poodle Freddy. I love rain and lightning thunderstorms and rainbows. As well as writing and publishing here on Abctales.

God is in the details. God is in the timing.

My stories

How many Universes are there?

As far as I am concerned there is Only One Universe. This is in fact what the word means it doesn't make sense for there to be more. Actually we must...


A love letter is written by hand ink on paper. The best is give her the letter yourself but it could take a bit of courage and perhaps a bit risky in...

Lily of the Lamplight

She admitted me to the hospital that night at reception I believed it was an emergency people get that way with anxiety, like they can't breathe and...

Living Alone

No family no friends just on my own the whole time just a handful visits and mostly work related. You know you are alone when … At last you've got...

Measuring Temperature

What is the definition of Temperature? How is it measured? What is the temperature of a vacuum? Does it make sense? - At other extremes plasma, such...


224 of my comments have received 228 Great Feedback votes

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Sorry Di I honestly did not mean

Posted on Sun, 06 Feb 2022

Sorry Di I honestly did not mean to criticise your work at all and I don't recall that I ever have. It is a great poem. But please keep in mind any good teacher knows one often learns more from your mistakes and by the way I'm also out of a job....

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Posted in February Rainbow

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Posted on Tue, 14 Sep 2021

Yes. Beautiful ending, man's best friend. Heartbreaking sometimes we feel a duty for mourning. And indeed, it is much more noble to live for someone than to die for someone, sometimes living takes great courage.

Keep well Paul! Tom

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Posted in With or Without You

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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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Posted in If I could paint in blue,

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Smoke cloud hanging

Posted on Mon, 02 May 2022

Smoke cloud hanging yes we must have that atmosphere but now it's illegal whatever happened to freedom of association?

Good work Jenny I never took you one for Jazz! They always teach Classical music at university and Jazz. Nothing else....

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Posted in Trail Of Thought

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This is lovely Jenny

Posted on Thu, 21 Apr 2022

This is lovely Jenny, so peaceful and serene it must be wonderful as you descibe it here.

All the best, keep well! Tom

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Posted in Imagine Focusing

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What is worse than dying?

Posted on Sun, 27 Sep 2009

Not dying

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Posted in the dude

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A lovely poem

Posted on Tue, 05 Apr 2022

A lovely poem Richard, a cup full of sea!

Cheers! Tom

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Posted in Happiness is a Bonus

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This is a very common experience

Posted on Fri, 18 Mar 2022

This is a very common experience there even is a name for it: Post Dissertation Depression. It is when some kind of really large work is done and finished. A big project done. Could be almost anything. A feeling of emptiness, looking back perhaps...

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Posted in Salad Day I Suppose