Tuesday, May 03, 2011

[sighs] i guess we mathematicians have quite a reputation ..

.. even from colonial days:
"Thomas Godfrey, a self-taught mathematician, great in his way, and afterwards inventor of what is now called Hadley's Quadrant. But he knew little out of his way, and was not a pleasing companion; as, like most great mathematicians I have met with, he expected universal precision in everything said, or was for ever denying or distinguishing upon trifles, to the disturbances of all conversation .."
~ from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

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