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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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