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.

My stories

The Endgame

At last .. .. Mathematician– “Coffee or tea? “Yes thanks.” Talk about squaring the circle! At the Kruger Park while three bigshot maths profs were...

Cokes Jokes and Smokes

“Please wake up your friend there at the back. “You wake him up Professor. You put him to sleep.” “Hawkins is one of the most famous scientists in...

Lectures & Books

High School class “Sir can one be punished for something you didn't do? “Of course not my boy! “Thank-you sir I didn't do the assignment sir.” If you...

Mad Macrax

WARNING!! Abstaining from smoking cigarettes has a 100% mortality rate. ROULETTE Winners know when to stop. Winners never quit. Quitters never win...

Crazy Sumcrax

MIKE … Comes out the bathroom– “Dad you got your jocks wrong way round and inside out. “Brilliant my boy! How did you know? “The skid marks are in...


255 of my comments have received 260 Great Feedback votes

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plus interest

Posted on Mon, 24 Nov 2014

  Plus interest.

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Posted in our dues

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well said

Posted on Fri, 27 Feb 2015

I like the picture.

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Posted in the world of the deaf

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be strong and of a good courage

Posted on Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Our parents gave me a Bible for my 10th birthday and I still use the same one. I was given a pocket sized Bible in 2010 by my brother I always carry it on me, where-ever I go.

I wrote inside the front cover the verse Joshua 1:9


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Posted in the little black bible

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Ok let's get started!

Posted on Tue, 28 Oct 2014

My day wasn't bad, weather was warm and sunny. Random thought of the day:

"24/7 you should give the computer a break get some exercise and fresh air tell someone you like them."

Keep well! Tom

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Posted in This Is What I Call A Free Express ¨Your Feelings Zone!!¨

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Sounds like fun

Posted on Thu, 30 Oct 2014

You just need to get the pronanciation right, it's "dood".

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Posted in The Tree and the Bird Man

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at peace

Posted on Tue, 23 Sep 2014

Grandfather (Oupa) Jacques de Vos. He was a brilliant engineer, he was a legend in his time.

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Posted in the passing of the torch

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the point

Posted on Fri, 11 Jul 2014

The point of a point is to be a point.

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Posted in Friday prayers

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good advise

Posted on Sat, 22 Mar 2014

Thanks Nolan, see you around. Tom

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Posted in Frogs in the milk

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knock-knock knockin' on heaven's door

Posted on Tue, 27 May 2014

'The grey mist descends, caressing, seducing. Life trickles out of me.' "Feels like I'm knocking on heaven's door."

Excellent poem. You catch the mood perfectly. Keep well. Tom Brown

PS. But perhaps it's a love poem? In which case I...

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Posted in How I died

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I'm flattered. I'm humbled.

Posted on Mon, 22 Apr 2013

I'm flattered. I'm humbled. I simply wrote it as I saw it, as it was. Sincerely- TomRead full comment

Posted in White Stallions