Sunday, August 16, 2015


The Writing Was the Writing of God

J.E. Littlewood (1885-1977), A Mathematician's Miscellany (London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1953), p. 29 (under the heading "Cross-purposes, unconscious assumptions, howlers, misprints, etc."):
A good, though non-mathematical, example is the child writing with its left hand 'because God the Father does'. (He has to; the Son is sitting on the other one.)
Christ "sits on the right hand of the Father" according to the Creed.

Id., p. 41 (brackets in original):
Schoolmaster: 'Suppose x is the number of sheep in the problem'. Pupil: 'But, Sir, suppose x is not the number of sheep'. [I asked Prof. Wittgenstein was this not a profound philosophical joke, and he said it was.]

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