## Your Fortune

Several students were asked to prove that all odd integers are prime.

The first student to try to do this was a math student. "Hmmm...

Well, 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, and by induction, we have that all

the odd integers are prime."

The second student to try was a man of physics who commented, "I'm not

sure of the validity of your proof, but I think I'll try to prove it by

experiment." He continues, "Well, 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is

prime, 9 is... uh, 9 is... uh, 9 is an experimental error, 11 is prime, 13

is prime... Well, it seems that you're right."

The third student to try it was the engineering student, who responded,

"Well, to be honest, actually, I'm not sure of your answer either. Let's

see... 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is... uh, 9 is...

well, if you approximate, 9 is prime, 11 is prime, 13 is prime... Well, it

does seem right."

Not to be outdone, the computer science student comes along and says

"Well, you two sort've got the right idea, but you'll end up taking too long!

I've just whipped up a program to REALLY go and prove it." He goes over to

his terminal and runs his program. Reading the output on the screen he says,

"1 is prime, 1 is prime, 1 is prime, 1 is prime..."## Pages

## Tags

49ers Amazon Android Apache Apple Ars Victor art battle report beer Blood Bowl books California CI consoles culture cygwin dog gaming hardware IRC joke Kickstarter lifehacker Linux music My idol nerdrage NFL open letter Python Reddit reviews SSL TDD Tech test The Internet thinkpad Tropico troubleshooting Ubuntu Unix weed wh40k xwindows## Recent Comments

- Jordangom on Make iPhone users jealous using #Tasker Autovoice and Email Me Pro on your #Android
- Geale on Super Bowl XLVII thoughts
- Annotationsfyr on Super Bowl XLVII thoughts
- Wirelesspnr on Super Bowl XLVII thoughts
- Flukelie on Super Bowl XLVII thoughts

## Blogroll

## Gaming

## Jocularity

## Sweet Tech

## Useful Stuff

## Categories

## Meta