How mathematicians do it…

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Aerodynamicists do it in drag.

Algebraists do it by symbolic manipulation.

Algebraists do it in a ring, in fields, in groups.

Analysts do it continuously and smoothly.

Applied mathematicians do it by computer simulation.
Banach spacers do it completely.

Bayesians do it with improper priors.

Catastrophe theorists do it falling off part of a sheet.

Combinatorics do it in as many ways as they can.

Complex analysts do it between the sheets

Computer scientists do it depth-first.

Cosmologists do it in the first three minutes.

Decision theorists do it optimally.

Functional analysts do it with compact support.

Galois theorists do it in a field.

Game theorists do it by dominance or saddle points.

Geometers do it with involutions.

Geometers do it symmetrically.

Graph theorists do it in four colors.

Hilbert spacers do it orthogonally.

Large cardinals do it inaccessibly.

Linear programmers do it with nearest neighbors.

Logicians do it by choice, consistently and completely.

Logicians do it incompletely or inconsistently.

(Logicians do it) or [not (logicians do it)].

Number theorists do it perfectly and rationally.

Mathematical physicists understand the theory of how to do it, but have difficulty obtaining practical results.

Pure mathematicians do it rigorously.

Quantum physicists can either know how fast they do it, or where they do it, but not both.

Real analysts do it almost everywhere

Ring theorists do it non-commutatively.

Set theorists do it with cardinals.

Statisticians probably do it.

Topologists do it openly, in multiply connected domains

Variationists do it locally and globally.

Cantor did it diagonally.

Fermat tried to do it in the margin, but couldn’t fit it in.

Galois did it the night before.

Mðbius always does it on the same side.

Markov does it in chains.

Newton did it standing on the shoulders of giants.

Turing did it but couldn’t decide if he’d finished.

1 thought on “How mathematicians do it…”

  1. I have some ideas with the greats,as you already did with Newton and Fermat. So here’s a list with some lines from the post and a few more lines I just thought of.
    1. Einstein tried to do it faster than the speed of light but found out he couldn’t.
    2. Galileo did it on the tower of Pisa.
    3. Stephen Hawking does it like a robot. (Hope that it’s not offensive or anything.)
    4. Pascal did it traingle-style.
    5. Feynman did it; he wasn’t joking.
    6. Archimedes did it in his bath tub; he even shouted Eureka.
    7. Euler did it; even when he was blind.
    8. Schrodinger did it with his cat. (Did he even do it; we have no way of knowing until we observe.)
    9. Heisenberg did it but then he wasn’t too certain about it.
    10. Plank did it in quantum packets.
    11. Brown did it randomly. (Remember Brownian motion?)

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