Spring semesters start with a holiday

11 January 2010

Arizona’s Maricopa County Community Colleges begin every spring semester on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

During a semester, I start each week with a QOTW (Quote Of The Week) and I start spring semesters with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. The following MLK quote was going to be the first QOTW for 2010 spring semester.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

But… I help others learn about computing and math; therefore, I switched the first QOTW for the spring 2010 semester to the following MLK quote.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

The MLK quote is used to mathematically define the terms finite and infinite and this semester the first QOTW will include a second quote… my original choice for the first QOTW — the MLK quote that ends with… Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

The MLK quote about thinking will be used to mathematically define the term nothing and doing arithmetic with zero.