Tuesday, May 4, 2010

T.........he Gift

On Saturday morning a slim volume arrived in the mail, a gift from a former student. I had known that something was in the works, but the result was one of the most precious gifts I have ever received. It is a copy of the doctoral thesis in philosophy written by a very fine young man that I had the privilege to teach more than 15 years ago. As you can see, the dedication claims that it is partly my fault! However, I'm accepting none of the praise or blame because even the title is daunting: Spacetime Gaps and the Persistence of Objects Through Time. It will take much thought and study on my part to even begin to understand it! He was even so gracious as to mention me in his thank you section. I've always felt that teachers want their students to surpass them and he has truly proved this theory. Thank you, Tom.
You may also be interested in checking out the charitable organization that he helped found and for whom he works: www.gamersforhumanity.org a most useful and valuable group that fills a unique niche in the world of charity.


storybeader said...

what an honor to be mentioned by a student. Thanks super great!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a wonderful surprise!!! Congrats :)

Tom said...

You are more than welcome for the copy of the thesis, and for the mention inside. You helped to show me how valuable thinking and teaching are. And thanks for the link to GfH, too. :)