You have hit a fortune from the fortune collection 'math'
containing mathematical fortune entries. Latest update: June 6 2001
This fortune got started in October 1999 and is maintained in
The file contains mathematical quotations, jokes, annectotes,
even some mathematical results with short proofs.
To install this file:
1) 'strfile math' produces a file 'math.dat' .
2) Copy both files 'math' and 'math.dat' into '/usr/share/games/fortunes'
or wherever your fortune program keeps the fortunes. You might check
first, if not a newer version of this file or an other file named
'math' already resides there. The 'fortune' program itself is usually in
'/usr/games/fortune'. If you are not system administrator, put the files
'math' and 'math.dat' into a private directory like for example '~/lib'
and replace 'fortune math' by 'fortune ~/lib/math'.
Examples to use this fortune:
fortune math random entries from this file
fortune -m PI= PI with 100 digits
fortune -m E= E with 100 digits
fortune -m Mandelbrot Mandelbrot set (generated with pbmtoascii)
You might want to erase this first entry of the fortune before
Every problem in the calculus of variations has a solution, provided
the word solution is suitably understood.
-- David Hilbert