Different groups of people were asked to verify a hypothesis:
" ALL ODD NUMBERS ARE PRIME NUMBERS ".
The mathematician...
"1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is not prime ... NOT all
odd numbers are prime."
The physicist...
"1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is an error within the
tolerance, 11 is prime ... ALL odd numbers are prime."
Then the engineer...
"1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is prime, 11 is prime.
OK, that's close enough, ALL odd numbers are prime."
The computer scientist...
"1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 7 is prime, 7 is prime,
7 is prime, 7 is prime, 7 is prime,.............."
The sociologist:
"2 is prime, 4 is prime, 6 is prime, 8 is prime, so all odd numbers are
prime."
The lawyer:
"1 is prime and that sets the precedent."
The economist:
"Assume all odd numbers are prime; then it immediately follows."
The priest:
"1 is prime, 3 is prime, but 3 are 1, so adding two gives 3, which are
1, so there is only one odd number and it's prime."
The Opposition:
"Would the right honourable gentleman please explain how it comes to be that
some odd numbers are not prime?"
The Government:
"Of course there are some non-prime odd numbers, but the issue here is not how
many non-prime odd numbers there are but how efficient the prime numbers are"
The back-benchers:
"Shame! Shame!"
The Linguist:
"What's a prime?"
The American (*any* American):
"What's a number?"
OR
"Grunt Grunt Grunt"