Wednesday, February 01, 2006


So yesterday, I was reading G.H.Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology, and in it, he tries to attempt to explain what a beautiful math proof looks like. In the end, he basically says that you know it when you see it. It reminded me of a Justice Potter Stewart's comment on pornography that "I'll know it when I see it."

And then it came to me.

The worst analogy ever.
"Good math is like pornography: I know it when I see it."
It's terrible, isn't it?
Becuase really, good math is not like porn. At all. Good math is wonderful. Porn is degrading.
So that's today's "Worst analogy ever."
If any of you can come up with a good "worst analogy ever" (and keep it clean or I'll remove your comment), let me know. Maybe the winner will get something special...

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