A Quote by Thomas Mann on behavior, impossibility, mathematics, men, students, and understanding

Some of the men stood talking in this room, and at the right of the door a little knot had formed round a small table, the center of which was the mathematics student, who ws eagerly talking. He had made the assertion that one could draw through a given point more than one parallel to a straight line; Frau Hagenström had cried out that this was impossible, and he had gone on to prove it so conclusively that his hearers were constrained to behave as though they understood.

Thomas Mann (1875 - 1955)

Source: Little Herr Friedemann.

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