[OS X TeX] rtf2latex2e problems

George Gratzer gratzer at ms.umanitoba.ca
Thu Dec 6 12:58:09 EST 2007

Hi Pete,

You are quoting people who were very close to me. Alfréd Rényi was my  
professor, teaching me probability theory, then he was my "boss" at  
the Mathematical Research Institute of the Hungarian Acad. Sci.

I first met EP when I was 17 and we met periodically over the years.  
He visited me in Manitoba at least once a year for some 20 years. I  
was lucky to have them, and lots of others, around me as I grew up as  
a mathematician.


On Dec 6, 2007, at 11:22 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 06.12.2007 um 16:04 schrieb George Gratzer:
>> An off-topic observation. Your quote -- I believe -- originates  
>> with Paul Erdos. But the quote is:
>> A mathematician is a machine that turns coffee into theorems and  
>> conjectures.
> Thanks George, I'll make a correction! Commonly I just find such  
> quotes, sometimes I find the author myself, sometimes I need some  
> help. Erdős Pál makes sense. He's known to have lived on coffee –  
> and speed, and made quite a few of conjectures.
> Wikipedia presents: "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee  
> into theorems."
> 	Probably originates from Alfréd Rényi, with whom Erdős frequently  
> collaborated.
> And also: "Television is something the Russians invented to destroy  
> American education."
> Good to know in these times of Pisa studies in the EU!
> --
> Greetings
>  Pete
> "There's no place like"
>                     origin unknown
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