**bommel** is this weeks Mathematician of the Week! Seykxel sì nitram!

**bommel** has been paired with

**Gauss**1.

Who are you? - What is your name?

- Where are you from?

- How old are you?

These are just a few intro questions just so we know who you are.

Kaltxì! My real name is Philipp but most of you will know me as bommel

I'm 23 and live in Germany.

2.

What brought you to the Mathematics and Statistics board? Were you recommended/invited here by someone? Or did you simply stumble upon it by yourself?

Actually I just stumbled upon it. It's a funny idea, though

3.

For how long have you liked Math? When did you realise that you either enjoyed it or were good at it?

Well, to be honest, I regard math most time as a necessary evil I have to deal with, though there are some very interesting topics (like digital signal processing). But I'm not bad at it so there's no reason to complain

4.

What subjects/jobs do you do which involve Math? What do you do? To tell us how you use the knowledge you have!

I'm currently enrolled in Technomathematics (Master of Science) after having finished my bachelor degree this year. I have a lot of math at the moment. However, I don't know yet when, where and for what I will use all my new knowledge...

5.

What Math-related subjects did you take in High School? Or if you are a student, what are you currently studying? State what the course is about and whether or not you enjoy it.

I'm currently listening to the following math-related lectures:

- Theory of ODEs & PDEs
- Numerics of ODEs & PDEs I
- Functional Analysis
- Integral Transforms & Digital Signal Processing

6.

What is your favourite number? Why? Is it your lucky number? Date of birth? How did it come to be your favourite number?

10 - Because you can bring jokes like: There are only 10 types of mathematicians - those who understand binary and those who don't.

7.

Who is your favourite Mathematician/Scientist. Why? Have they motivated you to continue your studies? How have they influenced you? What do they do?

Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier. Why? Cause he invented the Fourier series which is related to the Fourier Transform. I like all the stuff related to digital signal processing and understanding how all this works together is very interesting.

8.

What is your favorite function in math and why?Do you think it's very aesthetic or funny?

The Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). You can do so much crazy stuff with it. It's just awesome!

9.

Three statements about yourself - True or false? - The community has to answerWhatever you want - but at least one of them must be true. Keep the answers secret until the end of your reign.

1. I never failed at any of my math exams.

2. I never wanted to study something related to math.

3. I can play the Theremin.

10.

Pi or Tau? Which do you prefer? Why?

Well, I'm used to pi and personally I don't have a problem with it. Pi ftw!

11.

Do you prefer to work in degrees or Rads? Hmm... both have advantages and disadvantages, I can't really say I prefer one over the other. What I hate is when I forget to check my calculator for the right mode and mess up all the calculations.

12.

Calculatorly or manually? Do you prefer to solve your problem (especially in Calculus) using a calculator or your patience and skill?

I prefer numerics so yeah, my calculator! But I can also do it manually if I have to

13.

Joke time! Come up with your best Math joke. No sourcing!

Life is complex: it has both real and imaginary components.

14.

Do you feel the temptation in tests to write your justifications in Na'vi? Have you? If so, when and why?

No. First, my Na'vi skills aren't good enough and second, I don't have to write much text anyway. Actually I can't even remember having written a single line of text in any of my math exams, just lots of (ugly) formulas...

15.

Do you like Physics too? Yes, there are certain areas I really like (electrical engineering for example).

16.

Real-Life Picture (Optional) See the RLP thread

17.

Do you have any other hobbies? No matter how strange they may be...

Of course ^^

Programming, making music, watching films, playing games, sometimes reading (I have to read a lot of technical literature therefore I don't spend that much time on reading other stuff - but sometimes I do).

18.

This is the story Type no more than one sentence. The proceeding Mathematician of the week will then type another sentence continuing the story. A stickied thread can be found showing the story's progress hitherto.

Well, throw the rules out the window, odds are you'll go that way too.

Thanks for the nomination!