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Old 27 April 2016, 01:08 PM
Haldurson Haldurson is offline
Join Date: 04 March 2016
Location: Spring Valley, NY
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When I was at Caltech, not only was attendance never taken, but people frequently skipped early morning classes. Furthermore, some people would send tape recorders in to class in their absence (the movie "Real Genius" has a scene that makes fun of this - skip to around 3:15).

Generally speaking, if the professor wasn't going to show up, he'd arrange for a TA to teach the class . Things were so casual there, that I can remember one TA who did his entire lecture on roller skates, skating from whiteboard to whiteboard, doing this elaborate proof, then drawing this long arrow from the leftmost to the rightmost panel, while rolling across the classroom, finished the arrow, and wrote in "Q.E.D.".
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