I don't exactly know when it happened, and I'm not sure why either. But I became hooked, unable to forget or live without. Everyday I craved a new one, and would not be happy without it. There were so many possibilities, my imagination would run wild and by the time it was done, I remained in a state of ecstasy; the wonders of the universe, the mystifications of existence, and the depths of my creativity were lucid concepts for a few moments, and then it would fade away. I think it might be where I got my self-confidence from as well.

Sometimes, despite my extreme social nature, I would hide away with it until I was satisfied, then I would join the rest of the world and involve myself with others who had no idea what was going on in my head. It was somewhat taboo when I was younger, so my addictive activities were kept secret from my peers. It was not easy to hide it in school either; too much enthusiasm about the concept would raise eyebrows and send me out of the class. But that certain class was the only instance of enjoyment I experienced in class...apart from the cat hair and honey that was about to stick to the teacher's *chador* in another class of course.

As I grow older, it becomes more difficult to hide my addiction, so I have decided to come out of the attic and confess. Life would be more liberating and my addiction would not have to hide itself under my desk anymore. Mathematics, I am in love with you. I want the world to know, I cannot live without a math problem each day. I crave a good solid proof as I type, and I can't wait to re-read my History of Pi book. I'd rather read incoherent essays by Euclid, than go out looking for a *shoohar*. Screw it, I'm applying to grad school, I want to finish being a Mathematician...think of the hours I will be spending with Rolle and Euler...Bliss.

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## Ali P.

by Parchin onMon Jan 11, 2010 09:15 PM PSTI actually looked into this. Thank you

## Those are wonderous! I

by Parchin onMon Jan 11, 2010 09:09 PM PSTThose are wonderous! I wonder when the horrible side effects will surface.

## Mathematics... LOL I

by jeffbridges onThu Jan 07, 2010 07:18 PM PSTMathematics... LOL

I thought you meant cigarettes, I was gonna say try the darn e cig!

## I need the definition in Farsi, it is driving me nuts! Thanks ID

by Anonymouse onThu Dec 17, 2009 03:30 PM PSTMaybe by tomorrow I can remember it but it seemed like having a triangle being momas with thre circle or something. I just can't remember it after all of those explanations over and over again! That's a story of its own!

We kept asking the teacher to "please explain it one more time" and he'd keep repeating it day after day, time after time.

One time one student asked him to please explain it again and he noticed we were playing with him and threw the guy out of the classroom with a pass-e gardani!

Everything is sacred.## Anonymouse jan

by IRANdokht onThu Dec 17, 2009 03:08 PM PSTThere are trigonometry functions that are based on a circle. You can measure the sinus, cosin etc... using a circle with a radius of 1.

See the explanation in this page.

IRANdokht## Does anyone know the definition of Trigonometric Circle?

by Anonymouse onThu Dec 17, 2009 02:59 PM PSTEverything is sacred.## Dear Ali, thanks for writing about Ostaad "Parviz Shahriari "

by Anahid Hojjati onThu Dec 17, 2009 03:23 AM PSTDear Ali, thanks for writing about "Parviz Shahriari". So what happened to him? Does anyone know? He was famous in academic circles for his math books and also for his leftist ideas. Didn't he also write some of our math text books?

## Why has this blog been tagged?

by Nur-i-Azal onWed Dec 16, 2009 10:23 PM PSTCan someone explain why someone has tagged this blog?

## You are no "addict"

by Nur-i-Azal onWed Dec 16, 2009 07:43 PM PSTMathematicsis the true language of theSpiritwhich makes you therefore not an addict but anOracle:)## Another math memory in Farsi. Ali jaan you know the 2nd part?

by Anonymouse onWed Dec 16, 2009 10:20 AM PSTمعلم ریاضی ما وقتی به درس دایرهٔ مثلثاتی رسید خیلی به ما توصیه میکرد که این یکی از مهمترین درسهای ریاضی میباشد و مراتب میخواست از بچها راجع بهش امتحان بگیره.

تقریبا هر روزی تو کلاس از یک بچهی این سوال رو میکرد و چیه آقاشو میکشید، مثل نعره شیر و دهان دره در آن واحد. و جالبه که وقتی بچه هول میکرد و جوابش رو یادش میرفت، یا مخصوصاً جواب نمیداد، او با حوصله جوابش رو هم میداد.

بد از یک مدت، ما مخصوصاً جواب نمیدادیم که اون بیشتر فکر کنه که ما بلد نیستیم و این درس انقدر مهم که باید هر روز از ما امتحان بگیره. آخرش هم قسمت دوم مشخصهٔ دایره یادم رفت!

دایرهٔ مثلثاتی چییییییییییییهٔ آقا؟!دایره ایست که شعاع آن ۱ و(باقیش چی بود، یادم رفت!)Everything is sacred## .....

by yolanda onWed Dec 16, 2009 06:19 AM PSTHere is one of my favorite Math jokes:

What does a little mermaid wear? Algae-bra!

Delaram Banafsheh (Yolanda)

"Cactus in the Desert"## Blonde solving math problem joke!

by Anonymouse onWed Dec 16, 2009 05:23 AM PSTHere's a blonde joke about how she solved a math problem (just in case you haven't seen it already :-)

//www.cs.uni.edu/~wallingf/blog-images/humor/find-x.jpg

Everything is sacred.## What is factor yell!

by Anonymouse onWed Dec 16, 2009 05:15 AM PSTI had so many math classes in Iran and US. In Iran being in Riazi we had to carry thick Logaritm red book which was about 1000 pages. I liked math and when I came to US I

do class yekithe math classes and enrolled in pre-calculus in high school. Calculus I - V were such tumulous years! Just because we had to take them and passing Calculus V seemed so far away.Anyway, my favorite math and teacher moment from Iran was when our math teacher wanted to explain factor yell to us. He wrote 9! on the black board and said; this is factor yell of 9, we put an exclamation point in front of it. It does NOT mean that we are surprised by seeing the number! It means ...

In be in maeni nist ke maa az didan noh taejob kardim!

Everything is sacred.## Fun with math

by Ali P. onWed Dec 16, 2009 05:09 AM PSTI started my love affair with mathematics, when I was first introduced to a series of books- mostly translated from Russian- by Ostaad Parviz Shahriari

( //andisheh-donbosco.com/videos/index.php)

Known for his leftist ideas and love and mastery of teaching math, he was rumored to have learnt Russian while in political prison."

sargarmee haayeh ryaazee" and "sargarmeehaayeh hendeseh", were two books of the series that took a tough, dry and complicated subject, and made it fun, for lazy low-IQ kids like me.The question I posted, was from that book, and the answer, according to that book, was what IRANdokht- without

taghalob, of course, 100 afarin ID jaan- correctly stated: 9 to the power of 9 to the power of 9. The book went on to explain, this number is so enormous, it is larger than the total number of electrons, in this world!( The following question was, what is the largest number, using three "2"s , and most people, mistakenly, guessed it would be 2 to the power of 2 to the power of 2!)

## that mathematician shoohar

by Parchin onWed Dec 16, 2009 01:50 AM PSTwould be extremely ideal. that conversation is right out of my fantasies.

## actually...

by Parchin onWed Dec 16, 2009 01:49 AM PSTit would be 999. Although all the answers seem correct, they are expressions, minomials, operations, and EXPRESS the value of a number, but they are not themselves numbers. 999 is by definition the largest NUMBER using 3 digits.

## Parchin

by Nazy Kaviani onTue Dec 15, 2009 08:25 PM PSTThanks for sharing your secret! It's safe with me! I went through a haze of tajdeedee's at math, geometry, and algebra all through high school. It wasn't until college when I had to sit down and "apply myself" to math. I learned it and passed all my coursework, some even with very good grades, but the moment for having passion for the subjects had passed. When you are ready for mosha'ereh, let me know! Thanks for writing for Iranian.com. Our community is all the more colorful for you.

## So I take it back!

by persian westender onTue Dec 15, 2009 06:04 PM PSTI thought the couples who are not multiplied can be divided more easily if they are not satisfied with the equation.

But generally speaking you’re right...let’s forget about it and get back to our Sudoku

## Persian Westender Solution

by divaneh onTue Dec 15, 2009 05:23 PM PSTPW's solution seems to be good until you imagine the husband and wife conversation.

- How much do you love me my little Pi?

- As much as any number divided by zero.

- Do you think it is now about the time that we Multiply?

- Yes, but first I want to find the 537th prime number after 13.

No, don't think that's a good idea.

## .......

by yolanda onTue Dec 15, 2009 04:31 PM PSTThank you for the great blog!! Math is universal; Math is fun! Math transcends borders, time zones, cultures, languages, politics, and religions. Here is a website for Mathematicians on stamps. A lot of them were Persians, like Al Khwarizmi, Kashani, Khayyam, Avicenna, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi:

//jeff560.tripod.com/stamps.html

thanks,

Delaram Banafsheh (Yolanda)

"Cactus in the Desert"## To solve the dilemma

by persian westender onTue Dec 15, 2009 04:18 PM PSTHow about a mathematician shohar? huh?!

## with a bit of cheating

by benross onTue Dec 15, 2009 03:46 PM PST9[power]99

## Princess that was good!

by IRANdokht onTue Dec 15, 2009 03:29 PM PSTThe most I could think of was 9 to the power of 9 to the power of 9. But your answer sure beats that ;-)

Parchin jan good choice. Unlike most men, Math is reliable.

IRANdokht## ALi P

by Princess onTue Dec 15, 2009 03:06 PM PST10/0 :) or any two digit number over 0 ...

## Here's a math problem for you smarty pants...

by Ali P. onTue Dec 15, 2009 02:57 PM PSTWhat is the largest number you can write, using three digits?