as an electrician living in silicon valley the dreaded words are "I am an engineer"
Which reminds me of the practical test that a high-school guidance counselor devised to help students choose if they are undecided between a career in mathematics and one in engineering. Student is asked to solve two practical problems, in order:
Problem 1: Student enters a room with only a sink, an older gas stove, a book of matches, and an empty pot on the floor. The object is to boil water.
Problem 2: Identical setup as Task 1, except that the pot is on the stove and full of water.
The first student, for Problem 1, takes the pot to the sink, fill it with water, puts it on the stove, and lights the gas with a match. Water boils. For Problem 2, the student enters the room, sees that the pot of water is on the stove, turns on the gas, lights it with a match, and the water boils.
The guidance counselor says the student would be happier in engineering.
The second student performs Problem 1 identically to the first student. For Problem 2, the student takes the pot to sink, dumps out the water, puts the empty pot on the floor, and says "I've reduced this to the first case, which I've already proven."
Clearly this is a future mathematician.
This story (Friday humor?) was told to me by a professor of electrical engineering, BTW.
Post Edited (DjinTonic) : 6/26/2020 2:49:15 PM (GMT-6)