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### To Prove or Not to Prove

## INTRODUCTION

There is a legendary story of the sage who posed the question: ‘A normal elephant has four legs; if an elephant’s trunk is called a leg, how many legs does it have?’ He asked a mathematician, who continued to stare at a pile of paper on which he was scribbling as he muttered: ‘four and one make five’. Next to him a philosopher mused enigmatically and puffed for a few moments on his pipe before observing: ‘The fact that it is

*called*a leg, doesn’t change the fact that it is*not*a leg, so the answer is*four*‘. ‘Excuse me,’ said a passing zoologist, ‘if a trunk is classified as a leg, clearly this will also apply to the tail, so it has*six*legs, and it’s an insect’. A logician joined the conversation: ‘A*normal*elephant has four legs…View original post 3,375 more words

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