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 #10410   On a paper submitted by a physicist colleague:
"This isn't right. This isn't even wrong."  Wolfgang Pauli
  #10411   Once upon a time, when I was training to be a mathematician, a group of us bright young students taking number theory discovered the names of the smaller prime numbers.
2: The Odd Prime  It's the only even prime, therefore is odd. QED. 3: The True Prime  Lewis Carroll: "If I tell you 3 times, it's true." 31: The Arbitrary Prime  Determined by unanimous unvote. We needed an arbitrary prime in case the prof asked for one, and so had an election. 91 received the most votes (well, it *looks* prime) and 3+4i the next most. However, 31 was the only candidate to receive none at all. 41: The Female Prime  The polynomial X**2  X + 41 is prime for integer values from 1 to 40. 43: The Male Prime  they form a prime pair.
Since the composite numbers are formed from primes, their qualities are derived from those primes. So, for instance, the number 6 is "odd but true", while the powers of 2 are all extremely odd numbers.
  #10412   Once, when the secrets of science were the jealously guarded property of a small priesthood, the common man had no hope of mastering their arcane complexities. Years of study in musty classrooms were prerequisite to obtaining even a dim, incoherent knowledge of science. Today all that has changed: a dim, incoherent knowledge of science is available to anyone.  Tom Weller, "Science Made Stupid"
  #10413   One Bell System  it sometimes works.
  #10414   One Bell System  it used to work before they installed the Dimension!
  #10415   One Bell System  it works.
  #10416   One can search the brain with a microscope and not find the mind, and can search the stars with a telescope and not find God.  J. Gustav White
  #10417   One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.
  #10418   One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrowminded and dull, but also just stupid.  J.D. Watson, "The Double Helix"
  #10419   One day this guy is finally fed up with his middleclass existence and decides to do something about it. He calls up his best friend, who is a mathematical genius. "Look," he says, "do you suppose you could find some way mathematically of guaranteeing winning at the race track? We could make a lot of money and retire and enjoy life." The mathematician thinks this over a bit and walks away mumbling to himself. A week later his friend drops by to ask the genius if he's had any success. The genius, looking a little blearyeyed, replies, "Well, yes, actually I do have an idea, and I'm reasonably sure that it will work, but there a number of details to be figured out. After the second week the mathematician appears at his friend's house, looking quite a bit rumpled, and announces, "I think I've got it! I still have some of the theory to work out, but now I'm certain that I'm on the right track." At the end of the third week the mathematician wakes his friend by pounding on his door at three in the morning. He has dark circles under his eyes. His hair hasn't been combed for many days. He appears to be wearing the same clothes as the last time. He has several pencils sticking out from behind his ears and an almost maniacal expression on his face. "WE CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO IT!!" he shrieks. "I have discovered the perfect solution!! And it's so EASY! First, we assume that horses are perfect spheres in simple harmonic motion..."
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