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Hypothesis: All Odd Numbers Greater Than One are Prime.
My twisted mind ^ | January 18, 2011 | Vanity

Posted on 01/18/2011 11:17:36 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets

Hypothesis: All odd numbers greater than one are prime

Proofs:

Engineer: 3, 5, 7, YES!

Physicist: 3, 5, 7, [experimental error], 11, 13, [experimental error], 17, 19. [grant runs dry.] At the 95% confidence level and within the limit of experimental error, we cannot reject the hypothesis that all odd numbers greater than one are primes.

Accountant: What do you want them to be?

Mathematician: Before we can answer that question we need to define a Galois field of positive integers and then over that field specify an operation, factorization such that for any member of the field, the operation of factorization produces a unique set of primatives, which are members of that field and which we will call “primes”. Now, ok, I forgot, what was the question?

AP Reporter: Experts say that it does not matter whether or not any particular odd number greater than one is prime, because it’s Sarah Palin’s fault, regardless, unless it’s a good thing in which case, President Obama hasn’t gotten nearly the credit he deserves.

President Obama: Aspirationally, as part of the American Dream, every number, should be allowed to decide for itself whether or not it is “prime” and furthermore, it is invidious and unfair to label certain numbers as “odd” or "prime" by some arbitrary standard of divisablity. I stand for what unites us, not what divides us!

Ezra Klein: It’s just a stunt! No body can tell what what numbers mean! They’re really old, over a hundred years old. Why should anyone today feel constrained by what a bunch of people in Greece or wherever, way back in grandpa’s day, thought about prime numbers? How many prime numbers can there possibly be? And who’s ever heard of any of them? Do you personally know any prime numbers? Can you name two or three? See, I thought not!

Andrei Cherny (of nolabels.org) : The very terms “odd” and “prime” are mere labels. We must put our labels aside, and put the issues and what’s best for the nation first.

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To: Eyes Unclouded

Engineer: 2.000

21 posted on 01/18/2011 11:48:21 AM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)

To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I’m not sure, I hear they changed the zodiac dates.

22 posted on 01/18/2011 11:48:27 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)

To: ichabod1

Not in my newspaper.

23 posted on 01/18/2011 11:50:49 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)

To: DManA
Nitpicking Freeper: All Odd Numbers Greater Than [OR EQUAL TO] One are Prime.

One is not a prime. There, fixed your fix.
24 posted on 01/18/2011 11:52:17 AM PST by aNYCguy

To: Fresh Wind

Software Engineer:

float x = 2.000;

x = sqrt(float(4))

if Not(x = 2.000)
destroy.Centrifuge;
end

25 posted on 01/18/2011 11:53:16 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)

To: aNYCguy
One is not a prime.

That is soooo judgmental. I'll bet you're a Taurus.

26 posted on 01/18/2011 11:56:03 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)

To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Pre-DADT joke:

On the first day of basic training, the drill sergeant put his traumatized recruits into something of a platoon formation and directed the soldiers to count off. From somewhere in the third or fourth rank, he heard a soldier with a very effeminate voice drag out a long "oooooone" before the rest of the soldiers down the rank loudly and quickly barked out, "2, 3, 4, etc." Incensed at the apparent lack of motivation, the drill sergeant stormed over to the first file, eyed the apparent offender up and down and snarled, "Are you 'One'"?

The recruit lisped back with girlish grin, "Why yeth, thergeant. Are you one, too?"

27 posted on 01/18/2011 11:57:23 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)

To: Lonesome in Massachussets
28 posted on 01/18/2011 11:59:25 AM PST by bvw

To: bvw
29 posted on 01/18/2011 12:05:10 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)

To: Joe 6-pack

You went to basic with Bawney Fwank?

30 posted on 01/18/2011 12:06:34 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)

To: bvw

Wonder how big those get....LOL?

31 posted on 01/18/2011 12:07:06 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)

To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Working with a lot of mathematicians, you must be particularly lonesome in MA. ;-) I know I am.

32 posted on 01/18/2011 12:13:19 PM PST by PuzzledInTX

To: PuzzledInTX

No, they are mostly very good guys and girls. Sure, they made a mistakes when they were young and in college, but they haven’t let ruin their lives.

33 posted on 01/18/2011 12:15:58 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)

To: Lonesome in Massachussets

No, just a straight review from a tough critic.

34 posted on 01/18/2011 12:16:53 PM PST by devere

To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I’d let in 1 before 2. Two isn’t even odd.

35 posted on 01/18/2011 12:32:42 PM PST by sportutegrl

To: sportutegrl

In number theory, the fundamental theorem of arithmetic (or the unique-prime-factorization theorem) states that any integer greater than 1 can be written as a unique product (up to ordering of the factors) of prime numbers.

We need two to take care to those pesky even numbers. If you let one in, then the factorization is not unique, since you can add as many factors of one as you please.

Frinstance: 6936 = 2^3 x 3^1 x 17^2 = 1 x 2^3 x 3^1 x 17^2 = 1^2 x 2^3 x 3^1 x 17^2 = 1^3 x 2^3 x 3^1 x 17^2

36 posted on 01/18/2011 12:42:13 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)

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