WEIRDLAND: A weird proof

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A weird proof

"Let X equal the quantity of all quantities of X. Let X equal the cold. It is cold in December. The months of cold equal November through February. There are four months of cold and four of heat, leaving four months of indeterminate temperature. In February. It snows. In March. The lake is a lake of ice. In September. The students come back and the bookstores are full. Let X equal the month of full bookstores. The number of books approaches infinity as the number of months of cold approaches four. I will never be as cold now as I will in the future. The future of cold is infinite. The future of heat is the future of cold. The bookstores are infinite and so are never full except in September." -mathematician Robert's proof (Proof, 2005).

5 comments :

clairex said...

This was a crazy proof, indeed, I didn't know if I should laugh or cry!

countsheep said...

How can Catherine (Gwyneth) resist Hal's advances?

Kendra said...

that scene seemed to me very touching, when Catherine finishes reading her father's proof and she cries.

gr77 said...

I agree Kendra.
It was a very touching scene and Gwyneth was great in it.

I really enjoyed the acting of all the leads in "Proof".I think it's one of Jake's best performances although he didn't look like a mathematician at all (at least not like the ones I have met!!)

Kendra said...

I think "Proof" is one of the least popular films of Jake, but I always recommend it.