But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer

By Geoff Dyer

Lester younger fading away in a resort room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of recent York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk developing his personal inner most language at the piano...In 8 poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skilfully conjures up the embattled lives of the avid gamers who formed smooth jazz. He attracts on images and anecdotes, yet song is the motive force of yet attractive and Dyer brings it to lifestyles in luminescent and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of every musician's variety.

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Over the past ten years, he has developed a prizewinning series of videos titled Project MATHEMATICS!  . ” The Immigrant Experience MP: Where did you start life? Apostol: I was born in Helper, Utah, in 1923. My mother, whose maiden name was Efrosini Pappathanasopoulos, was a mail-order bride from Greece. My father, Emmanouil Apostolopoulos, whose name was shortened to Mike Apostol when he became an American citizen, traveled from Utah to New York to meet her. She had been eager to come to the United States, but ending up in the mountains of Utah was not exactly what she had expected.

Many institutions have people teaching calculus who probably never had anything beyond a high school physics course. indb 37 5/31/11 10:00 AM used in other fields. You are depriving them of an education if you don’t teach them that. MP: Your teaching experience at Caltech has largely been positive, in part because the students are good. What makes a good teacher? Apostol: Output is proportional to input, so if you work hard at it, you can do a good job. If you are not interested and don’t prepare your material, you won’t do a good job— unless you are an exceptional person.

Calculus for Caltech Apostol: I didn’t have any grandiose plans. I wanted to be a good researcher and a good teacher, and the atmosphere here was very good for that. I had just published my PhD thesis and was making good progress on MP: What made you decide to write your first calculus text? indb 33 5/31/11 10:00 AM Integral Calculus from the 1920s. It was a very good book, but too low-level for that kind of course. There was no book in English that was intermediate between elementary calculus and real variable theory, sort of an introduction to both real and complex analysis.

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