Archive for April 16, 2012

Questions to Which I’ll Never Answer, “No”

We finished a meal at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and my wife said, “I’m not going to finish my margarita. Would you like the rest?” My response was:

Now there’s a question to which I’ll never say, “No.”

That got me to thinking… there are quite a few questions to which my answer would never be, “No.” The following is a partial list:

  • Do you want to tell me a math joke?
  • Paper or plastic?
  • Do you want to play Scrabble®?
  • Will the Barbershop Harmony Society’s international convention be a harmonic function?
  • Would you like to hear a really great math problem?
  • Would you like to give a talk to our math club?
  • Isn’t 2 to the power of infinity equal to infinity, and therefore isn’t 20 = ℵ0?
  • Do good math jokes exist?
  • Do you want to go see the Escher exhibit at the art museum?
  • Aren’t almost all numbers very, very, very large? (See Frivolous Theorem of Arithmetic.)
  • Do you want to learn a new math game?
  • Is there a seed number A for which A3n will always be prime, for integer values of n?
  • Is math cool?

And all this talk of yes/no questions reminded me of a joke:

Professor: Are you good at math?
Student: Well, yes and no.
Professor: What do you mean?
Student: Yes, I’m no good at math!

April 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm 1 comment

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