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I AM a mathematician!

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Location: Obamanation, unfortunately...
It's a good thing if you can laugh at your own profession. Or is it?

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Joufa, yes it is, or rather was, my profession. I also love your banana joke!
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The following story is true: The great nineteenth century mathematician Felix Klein was once at a party in which people were discussing the correlation between mathematics and music--both interests and aptitudes. Klein looked more and more puzzled, and finally said :
"But I don’t understand, gentlemen, mathematics is beautiful" !

(um...another one that went over my head :oops:)

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The implication is thar he evidently did not realize that misic is also beatiful !
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Ohhhhhhh. Thanks, Ray. :lol:

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Here is a riddle for you: A little girl said to her mother: " Let's go to the railroad station and meet Daddy, and the four of us will come home to dinner." The question is: why did she say FOUR instead of THREE? [I'll give you the answer in the next entry.]

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pianolady wrote:
Here is a riddle for you: A little girl said to her mother: " Let's go to the railroad station and meet Daddy, and the four of us will come home to dinner." The question is: why did she say FOUR instead of THREE? [I'll give you the answer in the next entry.]

Because her little brother was coming along too, as is only common sense.

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The answer to yesterday's riddle is that she was too young to count.

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Because her little brother was coming along too, as is only common sense.

Ok - two answers. :)



NEW QUESTION:

There are three errers in this messege-- can you find them all ? [I'll give the answer in the next entry.]

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pianolady wrote:
There are three errers in this messege-- can you find them all ? [I'll give the answer in the next entry.]

Two are speling erors - errers and messege.
The third is the word "three" which should be "two".

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Wow - that was fast! You get the blue ribbon today.

(there is a little more about this question coming tomorrow)

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One more thought on yesterday's quiz. The answer again is:

First, the word ERRERS was mis-spelled. Secondly, the word MESSEGE was mis -spelled. Thirdly, there were only two errors, not three, hence the word THREE should have been TWO .

But doesn't this raise a paradox? If the word THREE was an error, then there were really three errors after all, which makes the word THREE correct! So was that word an error or wasn't it? I don't know the answer to this!


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The last entry calls to mind how I (Raymond Smullyan) got interested in logic: It happened when I was six years old. I was in bed with a cold, or something, on April 1, my brother Emile--10 years older than me-- came to my bedside in the morning and said : " Today I am going to fool you like you have never been fooled before! " And so I waited all day long for him to fool me, but he didn't! When bed time came, my mother and brother came into my room and my mother asked me why I didn't go to sleep. I said : " I'm waiting for Emile to fool me." My mother turned to him and said : " Why don't you fool the child?" The following conversation then ensued:

Emile--You expected me to fool you, didn't you?
Raymond--Yes.
Emile-- But I didn't, did I?
Raymond--No.
Emile-- But you expected me to.
Raymond--Yes.
Emile--So I fooled you, didn't I?

Well, I lay in bed for quite a while wondering whether I was really fooled or not! The problem is this: If I was fooled, then I DID get what I expected, in which case, in what sense was I fooled? On the other hand, if I was not fooled, then I didn't get what I expected, which means that I was fooled! And so either way you get a contradiction!

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pianolady wrote:
First, the word ERRERS was mis-spelled. Secondly, the word MESSEGE was mis -spelled. Thirdly, there were only two errors, not three, hence the word THREE should have been TWO .

But doesn't this raise a paradox? If the word THREE was an error, then there were really three errors after all, which makes the word THREE correct! So was that word an error or wasn't it? I don't know the answer to this!

Nice paradox. I did not quite see it when posting the 'solution', but I did smell something was 'wrong' here. The trick played on us is that different kinds of errors are mixed up. There are things that are always wrong, like spelling errors, and things that can be wrong or right depending on the context. By mixing them without defining the error context you can probably create an endless variety of paradoxes.

But everything I say is a lie anyway... which is of course not true now. Or is it ? :lol:

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Don't read this sentence. :P

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pianolady wrote:
Don't read this sentence. :P

I didn't 8)

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