25. The poet said,…

25.

The poet said, "Are these hard truths?"

The mathematician said, "Very hard."

The poet said, "Tell me an easier one."

The mathematician said, "The geodesic flow on a compact, negatively curved manifold is ergodic."

The poet considered for a moment. "There are some beautiful words in that truth. They would make good poetry. But it isn't an easy enough truth for me."

The mathematician looked frustrated. "This may take a while."

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