Re: GIBBERISH: what Arthur C Clarke told us

Kennita Watson (
Sat, 18 Oct 1997 10:20:57 -0600

>Mitchell Porter wrote:
>> > But Arthur C. Clarke has already told us that the locus of the
>> > contravariant tensor has noncommutative divergence in the region of the
>> > transfinite singularity!
>> As an exercise, I thought I'd try to find a meaning for the
>> purportedly meaningless part of that sentence.
>You need to get out more.

Quite possible. Mitchell, to save you the time, Tom Lehrer's "Analytic and
Topology of Locally Euclidean Metrizations of Infinitely Differentiable
Manifolds" _does_ have a mathematical meaning. And just to prove _I_ have too
little to do, I looked for myself to see that you won't find that meaning
on the Web --
the only reference to "infinitely differentiable Riemannian manifolds" found by
AltaVista points to a picture of a llama. Quite appropriate to the current
topic, I'd