Professor Gerhard Ringel

Professor Gerhard Ringel

Monday, October 4, 2010

Born to Teach

Gerhard was an exceptional teacher who managed to turn mathematics into a fascinating subject for all his students including non majors. His natural gift for teaching was accompanied by a very early training. When he was ten years old his math teacher recognized his genius and habitually taught class by carrying on a conversation with the young boy. The teacher asked questions and Gerhard answered explaining the subject to his classmates. He knew how to capture his audience with clarity of mind and a subtle sense of humor. His nick name in school was "Spassl" (Fun).

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  1. Whether he talked with a fellow researcher or with small children, Gerhard always tuned in with his listener. Once when he sat at the dinner table his grand daughter Kiki asked him: "Grandpa, what is a proof?" He said:"The shoes I am wearing are black. Try to find out whether that is true." She looked under the table and checked,they were black. Grandpa said: "That was the proof."

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  2. Some times not so easy ...

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    I. Cahit

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  3. Thank you for sharing the letter!

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