Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Surely You're Joking, Mr Gates

The premise is Richard Feynman applying for a job at Microsoft:
Interviewer: Here's the question: Why are manhole covers round?
Feynman: They're not. Some manhole covers are square. It's true that there are SOME round ones, but I've seen square ones, and rectangular ones.
Interviewer: But just considering the round ones, why are they round?
Feynman: If we are just considering the round ones, then they are round by definition. That statement is a tautology.
Very nice. Read the whole thing.

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