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From CS 424

Prof. David Blei recounted a funny story from his childhood. As a 6 year old, he sat in the front row of his Dad’s Complex Analysis class. One particular lecture, his Dad started off with ‘Let z be a fixed number’. David raised his hand to ask a question. His Dad chided him with ‘Dave, put your hand down’. This went on a couple of times. Dave was 6, but he could read and he knew enough to tell that what his Dad just said was wrong, and he couldn’t let him proceed. So he held up a paper to show him, which said ‘z is a fixed letter, not a fixed number!’.  A framed copy of this paper can be found in his office 😀

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