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## February 29, 2004

### Professionals and Prime Numbers

How various professionals prove all odd numbers greater than two are prime (adpated from here):

**Mathematician**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a

prime, and by induction - every odd integer higher than 2 is a prime.

**Physicist**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime,

9 is an experimental error, 11 is a prime,...

**Engineer**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime,

9 is a approximately prime, ...

**Programmer**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime,

7 is a prime, 7 is a prime,...

**Salesperson**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime,

9 -- we'll do for you the best we can,...

**Computer Software Salesperson**: 3 is prime, 5 is prime,

7 is prime, 9 will be prime in the next release,...

**Biologist**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime,

9 -- results have not arrived yet,...

**Advertiser**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime,

11 is a prime,...

**Lawyer**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime,

9 -- there is not enough evidence to prove that it is not a prime,...

**Accountant**: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9

is prime, deducing 10% tax and 5% other obligations.

**Statistician**: Let's try several randomly chosen

numbers: 17 is a prime, 23 is a prime, 11 is a prime...

**Professor**: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, and

the rest are left as an exercise for the student, …

**Computational linguist**: 3 is an odd prime, 5

is an odd prime, 7 is an odd prime, 9 is a very odd prime,...

**Psychologist**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is

a prime, 9 is a prime but tries to suppress it,...

**Politician**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is

a prime, I can neither confirm or deny that 9 is a prime, …

**Football player**: what’s a “prime”, …

**Manager**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a

prime, … Bob will show that nine is a prime, …

**Program Manager**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7

is a prime, the schedule shows that nine is overdue to be prime, 11 is a prime, ...

**Consultant**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a

prime, and 9? Is it prime to you?, …

**Pastor**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, 7 is a prime,

were praying for 9, 11 is a prime, …

**Patent agent**: the sequence is intellectual property

and cannot be disclosed

**Venture Capitalist**: 3 is a prime, 5 is a prime,

7 is a prime, how much do you want for 9?, ...

Posted by Blogorithm at February 29, 2004 10:29 PM

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