Let ε < 0.


The pure mathematician

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When a pure mathematician is asked, say, to calculate the stability of an ordinary four-legged table, he rapidly enough arrives at preliminary results which pertain to a one-legged table or a table with an infinite number of legs. He will spend the rest of his life unsuccessfully solving the ordinary problem of the table with an arbitrary, finite, number of legs.

Adapted from Physicists continue to laugh, MIR Publishing, Moscow 1968.

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