MLK Quote on MLK Day 2007

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on 15 January 1929. Martin Luther King Day is observed on the 3rd Monday of every January. The following is a quote from Dr. King.

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (M-W.com) offers the following math-oriented definition for finite.

   finite:  "less than an arbitrary positive integer and 
             greater than the negative of that integer"

The following are M-W.com definitions for infinite and infinity.

   infinite:  "extending indefinitely : ENDLESS"

   infinity:  "unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity"

is the infinity symbol.

Exercises
  1. No or Yes: The mathematical opposite of infinity is negative infinity.

  2. No or Yes: In math world infinity is a number.

  3. Martin Luther King Jr. died on 4 April 1968; therefore, he has been dead for ________ years.

  4. Explain what is meant by positive integer.

  5. No or Yes: The negative of an integer is its opposite.

  6. No or Yes: The product of two negative numbers is a positive number.

Update::2008.01.12

This BAB was created for MLK Day 2007. MathBabbler decided to use MLK's finite/infinite quote as the second QOTW (Quote Of The Week) for the spring 2008 semester. While maintaining this BAB for re-use, he added the following MLK quote.

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

In math world, zero is often used to numerically represent "nothing." And, also in math world, dividing by zero is "dangerous." In other words, avoid dividing by nothing (i.e. zero).

Update::2009.01.11

This BAB was created for MLK Day 2007. MathBabbler decided to use MLK's finite/infinite quote as the first QOTW (Quote Of The Week) for the spring 2009 semester. While maintaining this BAB for re-use, the following MLK quotes were inserted.

"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men."

"The function of education is to teach one to think
intensively and to think critically. Intelligence
plus character - that is the goal of true education."

While reading the Wikipedia page on Martin Luther King, Jr., MathBabbler learned that King's thinking was influenced by Dr. Howard Thurman. MathBabbler's last name is Thurman. In 1953, Life Magazine rated Howard Thurman among the 12 most important religious leaders in the United States.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and MathBabbler's mother were both born in 1929.

Update::2010.01.12

This BAB was created for MLK Day 2007. MathBabbler decided to use MLK's finite/infinite quote as the first QOTW (Quote Of The Week) for the spring 2010 semester. While maintaining this BAB for re-use, the following MLK quotes were inserted.

"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard,
solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing
pains some people more than having to think."
Update::2012.01.16

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 54 days before GDT (MathBabbler) turned 11 years old. MathBabbler was 54 years young when he inserted this update on Martin Luther King Day 2012.


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 15 January 2007

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