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

The Truth on Atheism

My father came home from work the one day a guy had asked him how far is heaven from earth, then said “as far as your knees are from the ground”. An...

What is the Age of the Universe?

What is the Age of the Universe? Is there such a thing? No, there is not. What would it mean? If I want to establish “The age” it would obviously...

An Exercise in Relativity

Consider the following situation: Imagine a relativistic mathematical model where a train is heading straight to the station at a speed u, distance...

Candy is dandy

A love letter is written by hand ink on paper. A little poem is a nice touch. A girl's stationary is light purple or shade of yellow a bit of perfume...
Gold cherry

Writing in the Sand

Under the early sun and clouds salt the sea and beach, splashing the shallow waves little friends play and shout with glee happily looking for shells...


201 of my comments have received 204 Great Feedback votes

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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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Beautiful! "the story about the thief

Posted on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

Beautiful! "the story about the thief who went into the black market and sold a stolen cubic zirconia ring for 20 grand only to find out that the money was counterfeit....not only was the money counterfeit but he had been short'changed and only...

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Posted in Marion the Librarian

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Teaching Mathematics

Posted on Mon, 13 Sep 2021

Teaching Mathematics is an art but often thankless and unfulfilling. When the student fares poorly it is always the teacher's fault but when he does well the student is champion. I have taught at every level from primary school up to post-...

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Posted in The Maths Teacher

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It is always a very good thing

Posted on Thu, 09 Sep 2021

It is always a very good thing to be able to see something from the other person's point of view also. Few people can really. One should try and practice it, I mean in general, any good teacher should have this kind of ability. To understand each...

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Posted in A Winning Handshake

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Terrible hey?

Posted on Sun, 29 Aug 2021

Terrible hey? And it is everyday reality. You capture the essence in just a few words.

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Posted in flotsam and jetsam

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Posted on Tue, 15 Jun 2021

Journey to the Center of the Earth was a classic adventure scifi novel by Jules Verne. Brilliant but of course very far-fetched. Must be. The rather recent film in a modern setting I enjoyed a lot also, excellent. I find his story to be strangely...

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Posted in stuff of life ip

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My mother's name

Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2021

My mother's name was Anna.

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Posted in Writing in the Sand

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The buzz of scooters sounds familiar

Posted on Mon, 16 Aug 2021

The buzz of scooters sounds familiar, be home before curfew the better part of valour is discretion.

Good! Never been to Itally myself they say it can get very hot there.

Keep well, all the best! Tom Brown

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Posted in Naples: balcony overlooking Via Firenza