Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-16


"Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own."

Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986) "Purely Personal Prejudices," Strictly Personal

A cartoon of Hippasus under water after being thrown overboard by the disciples of Pythagoras for arguing that irrational numbers exist -OR- by the gods as punishment for disseminating the knowledge of said numbers. As he drowns, he is contemplating the hypotenuse of a shark's triangular fin, which would be the square root of two, an irrational number.
Hippasus after being thrown overboard by the disciples of Pythagoras for arguing that irrational numbers exist -OR- by the gods as punishment for disseminating the knowledge of said numbers.

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