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balducci
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On 2011-09-13 02:31, MobilityBundle wrote:

Just one little example, which isn't even all that out there. But it shows an interesting point on a progression:

I was taking a class in fancy geometry. It was raining very hard that day, and the professor shows up a little late and soaking wet. He says, "Sorry I am late. Today, I was given a geometry problem by God. The problem was to find a path from my office to this classroom minimizing the line integral of the rain's vector field. I... [bowing his head, speaking solemnly] I... couldn't solve it."

I was never really sure if this was just his joking way of remarking how much it was raining, or something... else. I mean, sometimes when mathematicians or physicists refer to God in a technical context, they mean "the universe" or "nature" or something like that. (E.g., "God does not play dice...") In that context, his statement makes perfect sense. Geeky, to be sure, but nothing too crazy.

On the other hand, there was no smile, chuckle, or other social cue to help smooth the literal statement over. So for all I know, he really did think God personally gave him a geometry problem.

One of the most famous mathematicians of the last century or so, Paul Erdős, famously spoke of "The Book". This is "an imaginary book in which God had written down the best and most elegant proofs for mathematical theorems". Every hard-core mathematician I've ever met seems to know of this. My guess would be that your prof was making some sort of allusion to it.
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http://www.highiqsociety.org/ has 12,631 members.
Looks like there are some smart people out there...
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On 2011-09-13 15:38, Kjellstrom wrote:
http://www.highiqsociety.org/ has 12,631 members.
Looks like there are some smart people out there...


There are nearly 7 billion people on the planet. Seems to be that about 70 million people are smarter than 99% of us Smile

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One of the guys who worked for me at the bank call center once tried to tell me a task was beneath him because his IQ was so high. I just said "Yeah, there sure are a lot of geniuses working at this call center."
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On 2011-09-13 15:38, Kjellstrom wrote:
http://www.highiqsociety.org/ has 12,631 members.
Looks like there are some smart people out there...


Top 5% for a high IQ society? That's like one of those 6-feet-and-under basketball leagues.
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