On Mar 18, 3:03 pm, David C. Ullrich <ullr...@math.okstate.edu> wrote: > > > There's nothing less than skillful in that address. He > said exactly what he wanted to say, very clearly, > and in a very memorable way. Problems arise > if the reader insists on taking obvious hyperbole > literlly, but that indicates more a linguisitic problem > with the reader than with the writer. > Could be. I still doubt that Hilbert was attempting 'obvious hyperbole'. You're welcome to believe that, but the article doesn't seem, to me, to support it. I would, too, expect a mathematician, addressing a mathematical society to put things rather differently from, say, a farmer, or the politican you mention, addressing some rabble. But that's just me. > > Me, the Gettsburg address has always bugged me. > How Lincoln got a reputation as a great speaker > I'll never understand: > I wondered a bit about that too, not that I've had it raised to me as much of an example of anything.