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    Re: Easy Lunars
    From: Jim Thompson
    Date: 2004 Apr 28, 21:58 -0300
    Thanks indeed.  I'm looking forward to getting past tomorrow night's CN exam and playing with lunars and star-star distances too.  The list's archives are full of useful gems like Frank's post.
     
    I was just on the phone with my colleague who is writing the CN exam tomorrow night, after our year of preparation.  We're both Professors (Chemistry and Medicine), but we're both as anxious about this as young grad students.  And if we pass, the acronym we'll be most proud of in the alphabet soup that follows our names will be .... "N".
     
    We think we've staved off Alzheimer's with all the mental exercise,  but our wives and friends think we're nuts already, and will be glad when we finally stop going on about the course. 
     
    Wait 'til we turn into lunarians...
     
    Jim Thompson
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    From: Dan Allen

    When I was in college I had a great teacher that made learning Greek approachable, and I therefore learned how to read Greek.  Most people think that learning Greek is very difficult, but this teacher made it seem doable.  The nature of learning Greek didn't change, but his approach gave students hope that it was not impossible.
     
    Frank has done the same thing for lunars: taken something that has a mystique, an aura of mystery about it, and made it understandable.  Are there lots of nuances?  Sure, but they are doable.  Maybe I'll finally get trying some lunar distances soon...
     
    Thanks Frank!
       
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