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In this episode Tom Lee takes some time to chat with three students working at Maplesoft for the summer. Laura Bradbury and Elyot Grant are both students at the University of Waterloo, respectively studying Computational Mathematics and Computer Science/Mathematics. Zach Daly is a Mathematics major at the University of Guelph. They discuss their opinions and experiences of using Maple in the student paradigm, and offer ideas for other students just starting out with Maple. Eithne Murray joins Tom to discuss Maple’s offerings and resources for students, and as always the latest news is covered, including information on the release of Vista-compatible Maple.
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A public school teacher was arrested today at J.F.K. International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, protractor, a set square, a slide rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-gebra is a problem for us," Gonzales said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle.'"

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "If G-d had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes."

White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President.

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