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:
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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