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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
That has made all the difference.
               -Robert Frost -

Dr. Lane Clark,  Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

Click PDF for recent CV

Some quotes I like. 
"We are in the business of kicking butt and business is very, very good." Charles Barkley NBA Hall of Fame 

"You should go to other peoples funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." Yogi Berra MLB Hall of Fame

"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr

"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering."  Arthur C. Clarke

"If there is a god, he's a great mathematician." Paul Dirac

"Concerning matter, we have all been wrong. What we call matter is energy, whose vibrations has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter." Albert Einstein

"People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live... [We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born." Albert Einstein

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." Albert Einstein

"Not everything can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." Albert Einstein

"Every human activity, good or bad, except mathematics, must come to an end." Paul Erdos

"There will be plenty of time to rest in the grave." Paul Erdos

"Mathematics is the language with which God wrote the universe." Galileo

"Every man should marry. After all, happiness is not the only thing in life." Stephen Hawking

"I have a hunch that the sequences of unknown DNA will decode into copyright notices and patent protections." Donald Knuth 

"The best way to predict your future is to create it" Abraham Lincoln

"If we have no idea why a statement is true, we can still prove it by induction." Gian-Carlo Rota

"The progress of mathematics can be viewed as progress from the infinite to the finite." Gian-Carlo Rota

"Be grateful everyday for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides." Carl Sagan

"It is the brilliant proofs, those that expand and/or transcend known techniques, which express the soul of the subject."  Joel Spencer on Probabilistic Methods, in Handbook of Combinatorics Vol.2, 1995

"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." Joe Theismann NFL Hall of Fame

"Induction makes you feel guilty for getting something out of nothing, and it is artificial, but it is one of the greatest ideas of civilization." Herbert Wilf [Induction certainly is not "...artificial" - induction is completely natural and self-evident. Well-Ordering Principle of course]

"The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love to chatter in place of exercise." Attributed to Socrates by Plato

"Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand." Kurt Vonnegut

"We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true." Robert Wilensky
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