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13th Apr '17 8:24:47 AM NNinja
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* In a Polish PostApocalyptic novel, the hideout of a group of surviving intellectuals is guarded by a door with a code-lock. To pass, one had to enter a solution to a simple integral.

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* %%* In a Polish PostApocalyptic novel, the hideout of a group of surviving intellectuals is guarded by a door with a code-lock. To pass, one had to enter a solution to a simple integral.
4th Dec '16 11:20:05 AM Discar
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2nd Dec '16 7:19:05 AM SCE2AUX
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** Which makes sense, since ''linear'' algebra is traditionally learned after calculus and differential equations. Calculus would be preceded by college algebra and trigonometry, commonly taught as "precalculus."
31st Oct '16 9:44:58 PM RyanofTinellb
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** A couple of centuries thence, even ten-year-old children are expected to have a basic knowledge of calculus, as an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' shows.
8th Nov '15 11:29:56 AM Prfnoff
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In most engineering courses, differential and integral calculus is the opposite of arcane: to the contrary, it is usually only the beginning of a 5-year-long journey to ''much'' more advanced mathematical concepts such as ordinary and partial differential equations, vector calculus and complex analysis, and these topics are in turn the base of branches of science such as statistics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, chemistry and signal analysis. However, WritersCannotDoMath. Most writers are people who felt much more attracted to warm, flexible, humane, passionate arts and human studies rather than cold, hard, mechanical and stoic exact science. Others had the misfortune of having bad teachers, or maybe they actually fail at handling higher mathematics. As a result, back in their youth most writers made sure to take as little math in school as possible. Per the standard American high school curriculum, mathematics become an optional subject around the time when when calculus is taught, so for anyone who [[EveryoneHatesMathematics quit the subject at the first opportunity]], it's simply the hardest topic [[SmallReferencePools they're familiar with]].

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In most engineering courses, differential and integral calculus is the opposite of arcane: to the contrary, it is usually only the beginning of a 5-year-long journey to ''much'' more advanced mathematical concepts such as ordinary and partial differential equations, vector calculus and complex analysis, and these topics are in turn the base of branches of science such as statistics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, cosmology, chemistry and signal analysis. However, WritersCannotDoMath. Most writers are people who felt much more attracted to warm, flexible, humane, passionate arts and human studies rather than cold, hard, mechanical and stoic exact science. Others had the misfortune of having bad teachers, or maybe they actually fail at handling higher mathematics. As a result, back in their youth most writers made sure to take as little math in school as possible. Per the standard American high school curriculum, mathematics become an optional subject around the time when when calculus is taught, so for anyone who [[EveryoneHatesMathematics quit the subject at the first opportunity]], it's simply the hardest topic [[SmallReferencePools they're familiar with]].
6th Sep '15 5:17:04 PM nombretomado
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** During Weird Al's turn as Sir Creator/IsaacNewton on ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'', he stumps Series/{{Bill Nye|TheScienceGuy}} with the question "The integral sec y dy from zero to one-sixth of pi is log to base e of the square root of three times the sixty-fourth power of [[BigWhat WHAT?]]" [[note]]The answer, it turns out, is anything that qualifies as the 64th root of 1. Creator/{{Neil deGrasse Tyson}}'s answer of choice is "i".[[/note]]

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** During Weird Al's turn as Sir Creator/IsaacNewton on ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'', he stumps Series/{{Bill Nye|TheScienceGuy}} with the question "The integral sec y dy from zero to one-sixth of pi is log to base e of the square root of three times the sixty-fourth power of [[BigWhat WHAT?]]" [[note]]The answer, it turns out, is anything that qualifies as the 64th root of 1. Creator/{{Neil UsefulNotes/{{Neil deGrasse Tyson}}'s answer of choice is "i".[[/note]]
30th Mar '15 6:07:05 PM DaNuke
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In most engineering courses, differential and integral calculus is the opposite of arcane: to the contrary, it is usually only the beginning of a 5-year-long journey to ''much'' more advanced mathematical concepts such as ordinary and partial differential equations, vector calculus and complex analysis, and these topics are in turn the base of branches of science such as statistics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, chemistry and signal analysis. However, WritersCannotDoMath. Most writers are people who felt much more attracted to warm, flexible, humane and passionate arts and human studies rather than the cold, hard, mechanical and stoic exact science, had the misfortune of having bad teachers, or actually fail at handling higher mathematics. As a result, back in their youth most writers made sure to take as little math in school as possible. Per the standard American high school curriculum, mathematics become an optional subject around the time when when calculus is taught, so for anyone who [[EveryoneHatesMathematics quit the subject at the first opportunity]], it's simply the hardest topic [[SmallReferencePools they're familiar with]].

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In most engineering courses, differential and integral calculus is the opposite of arcane: to the contrary, it is usually only the beginning of a 5-year-long journey to ''much'' more advanced mathematical concepts such as ordinary and partial differential equations, vector calculus and complex analysis, and these topics are in turn the base of branches of science such as statistics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, chemistry and signal analysis. However, WritersCannotDoMath. Most writers are people who felt much more attracted to warm, flexible, humane and humane, passionate arts and human studies rather than the cold, hard, mechanical and stoic exact science, science. Others had the misfortune of having bad teachers, or maybe they actually fail at handling higher mathematics. As a result, back in their youth most writers made sure to take as little math in school as possible. Per the standard American high school curriculum, mathematics become an optional subject around the time when when calculus is taught, so for anyone who [[EveryoneHatesMathematics quit the subject at the first opportunity]], it's simply the hardest topic [[SmallReferencePools they're familiar with]].
19th Mar '15 10:32:19 AM DaNuke
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WritersCannotDoMath. Whether due to lack of interest, poorly taught classes or an actual inability to handle higher mathematical concepts, many writers took as little math in school as possible. For most, the moment mathematics becomes an optional subject is just about when calculus is taught, so for anyone who [[EveryoneHatesMathematics quit the subject at the first opportunity]], it's simply the hardest topic [[SmallReferencePools they're familiar with]].

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In most engineering courses, differential and integral calculus is the opposite of arcane: to the contrary, it is usually only the beginning of a 5-year-long journey to ''much'' more advanced mathematical concepts such as ordinary and partial differential equations, vector calculus and complex analysis, and these topics are in turn the base of branches of science such as statistics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, chemistry and signal analysis. However, WritersCannotDoMath. Whether due to lack of interest, poorly taught classes or an actual inability to handle higher mathematical concepts, many Most writers took are people who felt much more attracted to warm, flexible, humane and passionate arts and human studies rather than the cold, hard, mechanical and stoic exact science, had the misfortune of having bad teachers, or actually fail at handling higher mathematics. As a result, back in their youth most writers made sure to take as little math in school as possible. For most, Per the moment standard American high school curriculum, mathematics becomes become an optional subject is just about around the time when when calculus is taught, so for anyone who [[EveryoneHatesMathematics quit the subject at the first opportunity]], it's simply the hardest topic [[SmallReferencePools they're familiar with]].
4th Mar '15 1:30:47 PM DaNuke
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* In Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'', calculus ''is'' arcane knowledge -- because two of the main characters[[note]]Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, who ''did'' independently invent calculus in RealLife[[/note]] are actively engaged in inventing it. Separately.

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* In Justified in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'', ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' -- it takes place somewhere around the 18th century, when calculus ''is'' ''was'' arcane knowledge -- because and the most advanced topic in mathematics. As it actually happened, two of the main characters[[note]]Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, who ''did'' independently invent calculus in RealLife[[/note]] are actively engaged in inventing it. Separately.it separately.
26th Jan '15 10:45:38 AM maxwellsilver
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** During Weird Al's turn as Sir IsaacNewton on ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'', he stumps [[Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy Bill Nye]] with the question "The integral sec y dy from zero to one-sixth of pi is log to base e of the square root of three times the sixty-fourth power of [[BigWhat WHAT?]]" [[note]]The answer, it turns out, is anything that qualifies as the 64th root of 1. {{Neil deGrasse Tyson}}'s answer of choice is "i".[[/note]]

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** During Weird Al's turn as Sir IsaacNewton Creator/IsaacNewton on ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'', he stumps [[Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy Bill Nye]] Series/{{Bill Nye|TheScienceGuy}} with the question "The integral sec y dy from zero to one-sixth of pi is log to base e of the square root of three times the sixty-fourth power of [[BigWhat WHAT?]]" [[note]]The answer, it turns out, is anything that qualifies as the 64th root of 1. {{Neil Creator/{{Neil deGrasse Tyson}}'s answer of choice is "i".[[/note]]
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