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How to get published in ‘top’ journals

from Lars Syll

Halmos2If you think that your paper is vacuous,

Use the first-order functional calculus.

It then becomes logic,

And, as if by magic,

The obvious is hailed as miraculous.

Paul Halmos

 

 

  1. Paul Schächterle
    March 20, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    A rather funny quote. The problem is, of course, not the usage of symbolic logic per se. Symbolic logic can be used to make thoughts easier to understand. It, alas, can also be used to make thoughts less easy to understand.

    Whether symbolic logic helps or distracts or obfuscates depends on how well the symbols are explained and how well the thoughts are also written out in full, IMHO.

    • Nietil
      March 21, 2016 at 11:05 am

      And what the thoughts are. And whether there actually is any to begin with.

      • Paul Schächterle
        March 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm

        Sure. But that is a problem independent from the use of formal logic.

  2. March 21, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Variables are easy to come by. It’s figuring out which are important and the consequences they have that’s important. Otherwise we’re just arguing syllogisms. And that’s pointless.

  3. Alejandro Nadal
    March 21, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Great poem from the Oracle of Number
    Theory! Thanks Lars.

  4. Ctesias62
    March 22, 2016 at 2:48 am

    First come I my name is Jowett.
    There’s no knowledge but I know it.
    I am the master of this College.
    If I don’t know it, it isn’t knowledge.

    (Balliol Rhyme late 19th c uk).

  5. Bigbabooski
    March 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Ofcos this is what mega journals do. They never see anything good in a paper that does not contain truth but lie of calculus

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