Tom Brown

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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.

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Second-hand Column For Sale: Vintage. One owner. Sports Model. Year of Manufacture; 1975. High mileage open road. Regular services. Paintwork damage...

2020 South Africa 80s'

There have been many stories and books movies and documentaries about struggle heroes freedom fighters and the terrible suffering under apartheid and...

Naïve set theory

The cardinality of a set would give how many elements it has. An "infinite set" can be characterised as a set being equivalent to a strict subset of...

The concept Zero

The very simple concept of Zero (“null” or “naught” or “nothing”) as in effect a number, contributed greatly to a dramatic development of modern...
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The Nature of Numbers

For interest's sake we discuss different types of numbers: ordinals, cardinals as well as measures, and just names. The first is a count in order as...

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235 of my comments have received 240 Great Feedback votes

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War brings out the worst

Posted on Tue, 07 Apr 2020

War brings out the worst in people, and also the best.

Make love not war! Tom

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Posted in "I Hope He Dies!"

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Apart from the lockdown

Posted on Mon, 13 Apr 2020

Apart from the lockdown I personally have been little affected by the pandemic directly as yet. Can't say even that I know anyone who has the virus. Some people just laugh it off people were already desperate as it was. Although the streets and...

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Posted in There is No End

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I would say it's really a bit early

Posted on Mon, 13 Apr 2020

I would say it's really a bit early Richard! Well, on that side, make the most enjoy the summer! This poem also makes me think of Narnia there it was always winter. 

Cheers, Goodnight! Tom

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Sermon on the Mount

Posted on Sun, 31 Mar 2013

Sermon on the Mount

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh....

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Posted in Confession Of Faith

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"I hear a knock on the window"

Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020

"I hear a knock on the window", reminds of the Raven! But a nice cheerful little story! Sounds like you live close to the sea, and maybe you're being taken advantage of? Or the  other way round?"

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The Eagle

Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2020

You outdid yourself this time Richard, masterful! Do you now this poem by Lord Tennyson?

The Eagle

He clasps the crag with crooked hands; close to the sun in lonely lands, ring'd with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea...

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Posted in Eagle-Swoop

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"His eyes are saying goodbye"

Posted on Mon, 23 Mar 2020

"His eyes are saying goodbye", you are capable of very sensitive very tender writing Richard. But some of this is a little puzzling one should have a bit more background I think.

All the best! Goodnight!

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Posted in His Eyes

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Heartbreaking

Posted on Sun, 22 Mar 2020

Heartbreaking

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Posted in He Knew

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Certainly good advice

Posted on Sat, 21 Mar 2020

Certainly good advice Richard and practical. There is a similar poem by Rudyard Kipling.

Hope you are well! Tom

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It's difficult to ask forgiveness

Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020

It's difficult to ask forgiveness for sins you know you will commit. Nobody knows the trouble I've seen, nobody knows ...

Thanks Richard!

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Posted in Seasons

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