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Topic: Word Problem
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Frederick Williams

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Re: Word Problem
Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:39 AM
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William Elliot wrote:
> If into a field with five cows, you add
> a bull, how much bull will you get?

The word problem for groups is (recursively) unsolvable. I've never
heard of a word problem for fields. I do recall a school physics
teacher asking "What do you find in magnetic fields?" I do not know
what answer he was expecting, but the answer he got was "Magnetic
cows." Oh, how we laughed.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by
this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

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