I stumbled across the website of Chuck Norris Facts not long ago. You know such treasured gems as
1. When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.
2. There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist.
3. Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.
and my personal favorite
4. Chuck Norris doesn’t eat honey, he chews bees.
Well, I was quite impressed when I came across a similar list of facts about one of the greatest (some would say THE greatest) mathematicians of all time, Carl Friedrich Gauss.
From Matt Heath:
- Gauss didn’t discover the normal distribution, nature conformed to his will.
- Gauss can construct transcendental numbers only using a compass.
- Parallel lines meet where Gauss tells them to.
- Some problems are NP because Gauss doesn’t like computers.
- Gauss never runs out of room in the margin.
- Gauss can write irrationals as the ratio of 2 integers.
- Gauss never needs the axiom of choice.
- Gauss can square the circle and then transform it into the hyper-sphere.
- The location and momentum of a particle are what Gauss say they are.
- An elegant proof is one line long. Gauss’ elegant proofs are one word long.
- Gauss doesn’t look for roots of equations, they come to him.
- There are no theorems, just a list of propositions Gauss allows to be true.
- When Gauss integrates he doesn’t need to add a constant.
- Hilbert put forward 23 unsolved problems because he hadn’t properly read Gauss’ notebooks.
- Gauss knows the topological difference between a doughnut and a coffee cup.
- Gauss can divide by zero.
- Gauss would never ever have a badbox error.
- Primes that aren’t Gaussian primes get teased.
- If Gauss had to walk 100 metres, and half the remaining distance, then half the remaining distance again, and so on, he’d get there.
- Erdos believed God had a book of all perfect mathematical proofs. God believes Gauss has such a book.
- Gauss has Hilbert hotels on Mayfair and Park Lane.
- God does not play dice, unless Gauss promises to let him win once in a while.
My favorite has to be "Gauss doesn’t look for roots of equations, they come to him."