25. The poet said,…


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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