Saturday, September 11, 2010

Math Quote Of The Day.

Having discussed the axiom of choice earlier today I wanted to post a quote by the mathematician Jerry Bona.
"The Axiom of Choice is obviously true, the well-ordering principle obviously false, and who can tell about Zorn's lemma?"
I guarantee you mathematicians will find this hilarious but for those of you left in the dark, the Wikipedia goes on to say:  "This is a joke: although the three are all mathematically equivalent, many mathematicians find the axiom of choice to be intuitive, the well-ordering principle to be counterintuitive, and Zorn's lemma to be too complex for any intuition."


  1. Is this why mathematicians dress so funny?

  2. Stan, yes, and given Russell's quote it is easy to understand why of all things they often pick bad combinations of socks. :)


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