Tuesday, December 14, 2004

One of the slides from my CS 251 class:

Advanced Topics: Other Justification Techniques

  • Proof by Excessive Waving of Hands

  • Proof by Incomprehensible Diagram

  • Proof by Very Large Bribes
    - see instructor after class

  • Proof by Violent Metaphor
    - Don't argue with anyone who always assumes a sequence consists of hand grenades

  • The Emperor's New Clothes Method
    - "This proof is so obvious only an idiot wouldn't be able to understand it."

Our professor also mentioned other proofs, such as proof by intimidation and proof by obfuscation. But he said we shouldn't try that until we become grad students.

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