A use for integer quotients
Skip Montanaro
skip at pobox.com
Thu Jul 26 17:57:37 CEST 2001
Tim> A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer were each asked to
Tim> comment on the assertion "All odd numbers are prime."
Tim> The mathematician at once gave a counterexample, 9.
Tim> The physicist said "1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime.
Tim> Now at nine we see second order effects!"
Tim> The engineer said "1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime,
Tim> 9 is prime..."
I remember that last bit as
The engineer said "1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime.
Therefore, 'all odd numbers are prime' is true."
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