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#### ModusPonens

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- Jun 26, 2012

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The title of this thread is a famous _ and apropriate _ quote about mathematicians. As per request it was changed so that this thread serves the purpose of sharing crazy mathematician's stories (observation: the apostrofe is before the s )

I'm sure many of you heard this before, but I love this story. Here's how it's told:

I'm sure many of you heard this before, but I love this story. Here's how it's told:

*Serge Lang was known to interrupt lectures with “Your notation sucks!”.*

Mazur decided to play a prank on him: he made a T-shirt with “Your notation sucks” on it, and gave a lecture to an audience including Lang, intending to give the shirt to Lang as soon as he complained about the notation. Lang was silent, even though Mazur’s notation was deliberately bad. Eventually, Mazur said, “Let $\Xi$ be a complex number, and consider $\frac{\Xi}{\overline{\Xi}}$” . Finally, Lang said “Your notation sucks!”, and Mazur gave him the shirt.Mazur decided to play a prank on him: he made a T-shirt with “Your notation sucks” on it, and gave a lecture to an audience including Lang, intending to give the shirt to Lang as soon as he complained about the notation. Lang was silent, even though Mazur’s notation was deliberately bad. Eventually, Mazur said, “Let $\Xi$ be a complex number, and consider $\frac{\Xi}{\overline{\Xi}}$” . Finally, Lang said “Your notation sucks!”, and Mazur gave him the shirt.

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