"There are four senses of the word 'obvious'. If something is obvious in the sense of Carne, it's true and you can see it immediately. If something is obvious in the sense of Glass, it's true and it will take you a week to see it. If something is obvious in the sense of Corti, it's false and it will take you a week to see it. If something is obvious in the sense of Peake, it's false and you can see it immediately."

(Adapted from a Princeton joke)

At some point during their courses, all Maths lecturers will say amusing things... and here, for you to browse, is a list of all the strange or amusing things some lecturers said during the 2001-2 and 2-3 academic years. Enjoy.

Quotation of the month:

"There are two kinds of generalisations: ..."G. Paternain, Analysis II

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Updates:

24/10/02: The new year has started, and thus more quotations have been added from Gabriel Paternain's Analysis II lectures. Some of the not-so-good spacing in various pages has also been corrected. There'll be more quotations up when a particular lecturer has said enough to deserve a page...

27/04/02: A new section has been added, for amusing maths things that aren't quotations. Currently, we have Theorem 14.2 - "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways", a late Valentine's Day theorem, and the famed Mathmo Test. 1