But people keep telling me that I am not creative, which must mean that I know everything since creativity is simply a substitute for knowledge. How can one be creative at all if one knows everything? Then there’s nothing left to create. So I have determined that there exist positive constants a, b, and c so that, assuming creativity and knowledge can be quantified, (creativity^a)(knowledge^b)<=c.
But now I should discuss why am I infinitely clever. On Thursday, I saw a chess problem on Ryavec's bulletin board right next to the door to his office. For a while, I was convinced it was unsolvable, but he said it was solvable but required an infinite amount of cleverness to solve it and that a finite amount wouldn't do. Well, I solved it yesterday. Thus I must be infinitely clever. For those interested, here is the puzzle:
There is something on h4. Figure out what it is. Thinking can be so much fun.
A conference in celebration of Morris Newman’s 80th birthday is going on this weekend. I didn’t know about it until about 1PM yesterday, so I missed the morning session, but I went to the afternoon session and, characteristically for me, didn’t understand anything. But I’ll be back for the section this morning to see if I can figure anything out. I think as a result of this conference, I met Timothy Redmond, who is one of the CCS math people from the 1970s who Ryavec keeps talking about, yesterday.
Ah yes. Does anyone know of a place to purchase pseudospheres. (A wooden pseudosphere would be preferable.) I could make one out of paper, but then it wouldn’t be very stable. okb and I will be giving a lecture on surfaces of constant negative gaussian curvature some time this quarter, and I think it would be fun to have a pseudosphere. It sounds like something that someone might sell at MIT.