Mar. 13, 2005 at boole.stanford.edu/dotsigs.html "Sayings of Chairman Pratt":
- An engineer thinks that his equations are an approximation to reality. A physicist thinks reality is an approximation to his equations. A mathematician doesn't care
- .Asked if he believes in one God, a mathematician answered:
" Yes, up to isomorphism."
A mathematician has spent ten years trying to prove the Riemann hypothesis. Finally, he decides to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for a proof. The devil promises to deliver a proof in the four weeks. Half a year later, the devil shows up again - in a rather gloomy mood. "I'm sorry", he says. "I couldn't prove the hypothesis either. But" - and his face lightens up - "I think I found a really interesting lemma..."
"This is a one line proof...if we start sufficiently far to the left."
The highest moments in the life of a mathematician are the first few moments after one has proved the result, but before one finds the mistake.
The Poet: Nothing rhymes with orange.
The Logician: Orange rhymes with orange.
The Logician-Poet: Nothing rhymes with nothing.
Mar. 31, 2001:
Love is blind, but friendship closes its eyes.
- Apr. 30, 2000:
Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at
the word itself: "Mankind." Basically, it's made up of two separate
words- "mank" and "ind." What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and
that's why so is mankind.
- Apr. 30, 2000
Life is what happens to you while you are planning to do something else.
May 1, 2000
There are three types of people in this world: Those who can count, and
those who can't.
May 1, 2000
Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules. Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.
Believe in Yourself
and in your dream
things may seem.
you'll get through
to the goal you have in view
Mountains fall and seas divide
before the one who in their stride
takes a hard road
day by day
Believe In Yourself
and in your plan
Say not--I cannot--but, I can
The praises of life we fail to win,
because we doubt
the power within.
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