On May 17, 10:47 pm, chri...@yahoo.com wrote: > I was in the math building today and overheard some math graduate > students saying modern math is all done with smoke and mirrors. This > is probably some sort of inside joke, but does anyone know what they > meant?
"Smoke" is obfuscation and "mirrors" is misdirection. The grad student was being facetioius. It's like the freshman who couldn't see how the professor got from point A to point B. He thought the prof was talking in parabolas.;