[Rescued from my old blog.]
The blackboard quotes for my math class have been a bit more philosophical the last few weeks:
A good problem should be more than a mere exercise; it should be challenging and not too easily solved by the student, and it should require some “dreaming” time.
An Introduction to the History of Mathematics
A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.
If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions but subtract from the sum of his desires.
But tomorrow’s quote on probability is just plain fun:
We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.