by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Mathematics allows the practitioner to practice,

while only a truly devoted student can stud.

“Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad and

theology makes them sinful.”

. ~ Martin Luther (1483-1546)

. German professor of theology, composer, priest, former monk

**This algebraic formula is also a limerick:**

Integral t-squared dt

from ONE to the cube root of THREE

times the cosine

of THREE Pi over NINE

equals log of the cube root of ‘E’.

(*Yes, it is correct.)*

A mathematician confided

That the Möbius band is one-sided

And you’ll get quite a laugh

If you cut one in half

Because it stays in one piece when divided.

A graduate student from Trinity

Computed the cube of infinity;

But it gave him the fidgets

To write down all those digits,

So he **dropped** math and **took up** divinity.

A conjecture both deep and profound

Is whether the circle is round;

In a paper by Erdös,

written in Kurdish,

A counterexample is found.

(*“Erdös” pronounced ER-dish*)

- Death is
*ninety-nine percent fatal*to laboratory rats. - A statistician is a person who draws a mathematically precise line from an unwarranted assumption to a foregone conclusion.
**Fett’s Law**: Never replicate a*successful*experiment.- Classification of mathematical problems as ‘linear’ and ‘nonlinear’ is really the same as classifying the Universe as ‘bananas’ and ‘non-bananas.’

“Young man, in mathematics you don’t understand things,

you just get used to them.”

. ~John von Neumann (1903-1957)

. Hungarian/US mathematician and scientist

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