A Quiz

From Albert-Lásló Barabási’s Linked (a fascinating book on network theory that I probably shouldn’t be reading…but it’s still vacation, and I can’t seem to help myself), a quote from the Hungarian mathematician and early network theorist Paul Erdös (quoting fellow Hungarian network theorist Alfréd Rényi):”A mathematician is a machine that turns coffee into theorems.”

So finish this sentence: “A philosopher is a machine that turns _____ into _____.”


5 Responses to A Quiz

  1. obiwanky says:

    billiards into doubt

    doubt into a profession

    cigarettes into (bad) plays

    soul into an object

    movies into class tools

    And if its vacation, while are you reading serious literature. Where’s the fiction?

  2. obiwanky says:

    oh how about:

    other people’s quotes into quizzes

  3. mrsaturdaypants says:

    OK, the last one made me laugh out loud. Well played, sir.

  4. Bear says:

    First, curiosity into wisdom, then wisdom into text; eventually, just text into text, but since committees can convert text into tenure, I suppose that will do.

  5. mrsaturdaypants says:


    You win a frogurt.

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