OzTREKK Funny Friday

14 March 2014

The Mathematician’s Dictionary

Clearly: I don’t want to write down all the “in between” steps.
Trivial: If I have to show you how to do this, you’re in the wrong class.

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It can easily be shown: No more than four hours are needed to prove it.
Check for yourself: This is the boring part of the proof, so you can do it on your own time.
Hint: The hardest of several possible ways to do a proof.
Brute force: Four special cases, three counting arguments and two long inductions.
Elegant proof: Requires no previous knowledge of the subject matter and is fewer than ten lines long.
Similarly: At least one line of the proof of this case is the same as before.

Two-line proof: I’ll leave out everything but the conclusion, you can’t question ’em if you can’t see ’em.
Briefly: I’m running out of time, so I’ll just write and talk faster.
Proceed formally: Manipulate symbols by the rules without any hint of their true meaning.
Proof omitted: Trust me. It’s true.

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