The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.
He's sure got a lotta gall to be so useless and all Muttering small talk at the wall while I'm in the hall -Bob Dylan - `Visions of Johanna' or `Students perception of my class'.
The Mad Mathematician's Song
He thought he'd prov'd the Hodge Conjecture Which would have made him great. He looked again and saw there was The cruel twist of Tate. `Alas, it is these things' he said, ` 'have made me a philosopher of late.' He thought he'd found a vanishing point Which would have made him a real hero, He looked again and saw it was another trivial zero. `This hypothesis of Riemann's' he said, `doesn't seem to be getting any nearer'. He thought he'd found a product formula Which noone had seen or heard He looked again and saw it was A special case of Borcherd. `@$#%& !' he yelled, not finding a suitable word. He thought he had a sphere Which contradicted Poincare' He looked again and saw it was A three dimensional tori `No more false claims', he said, `Or they'll take my tenure away'. He thought he'd classified 3-folds, That would have broug't him fame and glory. He looked again and saw it was A Lemma, due to Mori. `The time has come,' he cried, `to end this silly story.' To be continued...
With apologies to Lewis Carroll
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