Koło Naukowe Matematyków U¦ PL SMS

Our Christmas Eve
December 19th 2008

In every mathematician's life there comes a time when he feels an inner need to invent a mathematical formula of a function describing the structure of a Christmas Eve wafer. This year members of our Society felt this need on 19th December. Suppressing it for the whole day, we listened to a talk by Piotr Idzik about geometric constructions - after which we started preparing the ground for our mathematical struggles. For some better aura we even moved ourselves to the room of the doctoral students (kudos to you) - the couch from our room grew so fond of us that it came with us. With food ready to eat and fresh minds, we started the furious Wafer Breaking (luckily, a shocking amount of two people remembered to bring wafers with them). Everyone quickly forgot about the true purpose of our meeting, instead engaging in wish exchanges. After everyone of us had merry, healthy and safe Christmas wished to him ten times, we started discussing various topics. Numerous cakes provided an excellent assist (luckily, not an argument), along with Michał's salads.

Our discussions could be described mathematically as follows: Streets' construction in bytom < streets' construction anywhere else, where 'A
Our numbers began to shrink, and in the end - in the middle of the night - everyone made it safely to their homes, which was, mostly, again thanks to our Administrator.

The Wafer Function Problem remains open. When you take your place at the Christmas table next year, know this - somewhere another poor mathematician tears his hair out in fruitless frustration.

With somewhat late wishes of Merry Christmas and - fortunately - still punctual Happy New Year wishes -

Mateusz Jurczyński

last update: 26.11.2010


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