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Re: OT: coffee and math ( was Re: Tasratal: sketch: connectives)

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Monday, October 22, 2001, 10:33
Christian Thalmann wrote:
> >Yoon Ha Lee wrote: > > > > On Sunday, October 21, 2001, at 06:58 , Andreas Johansson wrote: > > > > > YHL wrote: > > >> A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.--Paul > > >> Erdos > >That's a good one. Reminds me of "A flashlight is a device for holding >empty batteries." and "The shin is a sensory organ for detecting >sharp-edged obstacles." > > > > > If so, is a coffee machine a device for turning theorems into money? > >Hunh? I fail to see in which way a coffee machine receives theorems as >an input. Anybody care to explain?
Mathematicians are paid to (among other things) make theorems. According to Paul Erdos, they use coffee to do this. Ergo, a coffee machine is a device that makes money of the production of theorems. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at