I have a crazy uncle. He
claims to have studied Alchemy, Qi-Gong, Zen and all sorts of strange things.
He was so taken by his studies, he lost all his friends and forgot to marry.
Now, he believes he is always right and, unfortunately, he actually is
... too many times. I asked him,
- How come this happened
to you?
My uncle is a Mathematician and knows all the dirty tricks of the trade. I asked him, - How should I pick a topic
for my Ph.D. work?
- Hmmm! ... and how should
I pick an Adviser?
A mathematician suspecting his proof is wrong |

I asked my uncle,
- What are the main dangers
of being a Mathematician?
A mathematician realizing that his published result is wrong |

Bernardo Cockburn

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