# Chapter 3: 伏線一

Chapter 3

Storyline 1 … to be a time traveler …

3.1 In the beginning, …

Time traveling means traveling through time to different eras in history.

To the best knowledge of the known physical laws, time traveling is not feasible.

I was really disappointed until I started to realize that …

3.1.1 in a sense, we are all time travellers

We are traveling into the future now.

If you want to preserve your coordinates, $(x, y, z)$, in space, you can simply choose not to move. You can be static in space. You can choose not to change your position in space.

However, even if you want to preserve your time coordinate, $t$, you cannot.

You are always moving from the past, through now, into the future.

The $t$-coordinate in $(t, x, y, z)$ always increases.

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# Lectures 3

The correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting

— no more — and then it motivates one towards originality and instills the desire for truth.

Suppose someone were to go and ask his neighbors for fire and find a substantial blaze there, and just stay there continually warming himself: that is no different from someone who goes to someone else to get to some of his rationality, and fails to realize that he ought to ignite his own flame, his own intellect, but is happy to sit entranced by the lecture, and the words trigger only associative thinking and bring, as it were, only a flush to his cheeks and a glow to his limbs; but he has not dispelled or dispersed, in the warm light of philosophy, the internal dank gloom of his mind.

* On Listening to Lectures, Mestrius Plutarchos

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# Explorer

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

— T. S. Eliot

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# Landmine

* Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

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# Ray Bradury 2

* Stuff your eyes with wonder . . . live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

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# Science Fiction

* Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

* If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,”I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . .” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.

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# Nightmare 4

Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. (He is also a fool.)

— Robert A. Heinlein

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# Preface

Pascal’s Pensees:

Words differently arranged have a different meaning,

and meanings differently arranged have different effects.

In an A.Maths lesson (2006): I said,

The next day, in a G.Maths lesson, a student said she would collect my words to construct a quotation book.

As a joke, I said,

I am going to publish an autobiography.

Its name will be我與A.Maths 爭鬥三十年“. (2)

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Footnotes:

(1) Written Chinese and English versions:

The difference between theory and practice is small in theory but big in practice.

The original quotation is “The difference between theory and practice tends to be very small in theory, but in practice it is very large indeed.” — Anonymous

I discovered this quotation from the book Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution in 2002.

(2) A Thirty-year War against Additional Mathematics.

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# Nightmare 3

“Do what you fear and fear disappears.”

“To fight fear, act. To increase fear — wait, put off postpone.”

–David J. Schwartz

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# Nightmare 2

The time you confront your fear the fear disappears.

— Someone

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# 一

1.1 專博之爭 1.2 第二是沒有意思的

2.1 軟硬智力 2.2 提昇軟硬智力 2.21 提昇硬智力 2.22 硬件常識

2.23 提昇軟智力 2.231 作業系統 2.232 公用程式 2.233 主題程式

2.2331 程式情境 2.2332 情境程式

2.2341 程式員 2.2342 Brain programmers 2.235 寫程式

2.236 寫 寫程式 程式

3.1 幻想智力 3.11 洗衣機與電飯煲 3.12 鱷魚與長頸鹿

3.21 迷宮 3.22 G.Maths by A.Maths

4. 專等於博

______學數學時,_問__這個物理課題需要甚麼哪門數學? 需要知到甚麼程度?

______學語言時,_問__物理文章恰當的風格是甚麼?

______學心理時,_問__研究物理需要甚麼心理素質?

______學程式時,_問__這冗長的運算是必須的嗎? 可否用電腦來代勞?

PHYSICS = logic + language + mathematics + physics + chemistry + computer + psychology + …

Model of the atom by Ernest Rutherford: Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document (refers to the above graph only) under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

–叔本華

–This is the end of the StoryArc.–

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# pLaY

Work as intensely as you play and play as intensely as you work.
For true hackers, the boundaries between “play”, “work”, “science” and “art” all tend to disappear, or to merge into a high-level creative playfulness.

— Eric S. Raymond

In academia, a “hacker” is a person who follows a spirit of playful cleverness and enjoys programming.

— Wikipedia on Hacker (academia)

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# Jump

You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.

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# Catalyst 2

To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change,
and who, without thinking that they can control it, wish to influence its direction.

— Theodore Zeldin

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