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Christian Thalmann wrote:
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>Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> >
> > On Sunday, October 21, 2001, at 06:58 , Andreas Johansson wrote:
> >
> > > YHL wrote:
> > >> A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.--Paul
> > >> Erdos
>
>That's a good one.  Reminds me of "A flashlight is a device for holding
>empty batteries." and "The shin is a sensory organ for detecting
>sharp-edged obstacles."
>
>
> > > If so, is a coffee machine a device for turning theorems into money?
>
>Hunh?  I fail to see in which way a coffee machine receives theorems as
>an input.  Anybody care to explain?

Mathematicians are paid to (among other things) make theorems. According to
Paul Erdos, they use coffee to do this. Ergo, a coffee machine is a device
that makes money of the production of theorems.

                                          Andreas

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