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The closest to an attribution that I could find is by Matt Calhoun on Math SE, who claims "it was personally told to me" by "my mechanics professor (G. Horton) [who] took lectures from Pauli..." G. Horton is presumably George Horton who held a physics post-doc in Zurich in 1949-51. Pauli stayed in Zurich from 1946 until his death in 1958, so they did ...

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I have reason to believe that's an apocryphal story, as it's been told to me by different professors at different universities with different (often local "legends" ) as the protagonists.

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Hand-Computation of $193707721 \times 761838257287$ This is a $9$-digit number times a $12$-digit number, and thus would require $9 \times 12 = 108$ digit-by-digit products, some of which require carrying, and then adding $12$ columns each with $9$ digits (or adding $9$ columns each with $12$ digits). Assuming each of the $108$ multiplications takes $3$ to $... 3 This story of often told about G. H. Hardy. You will find it in Lion hunting & other mathematical pursuits, by Ralph P. Boas Jr. It says: “The story is told of G. H. Hardy (and of other people) that during a lecture he said ‘It is obvious… Is it obvious?’ left the room, and returned fifteen minutes later, saying ‘Yes, it's ... 3 Wilson tells the story in his Nobel lecture of 1978: Thus we seemed to be left with the antenna as the source of our extra noise. We calculated a contribution of$0.9 \text{K}\$ from its resistive loss using standard waveguide theory. The most lossy part of the antenna was its small diameter throat, which was made of electroformed copper. We had measured ...

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With this help I found this old chat discussion from which I relocated the YouTube video Arno Penzias & Robert Wilson from BBC movie "Hawking" (2004) in which they recount the story, including both the dielectric euphemism and more literal (guttural) term. Note that these are actors, this is historical fiction, so it's not a primary answer to ...

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As it happens, the same question was covered in a submission to SIGBOVIK 2019 dated 13 March 2019 and published as pages 225 to 229 of the proceedings -- four methods were examined (the author describes long multiplication as lattice multiplication but worse and thus it was not tested) with the following results: Lattice multiplication: 11 minutes Double ...

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I first heard this story from Dr. Troy Hicks in the 1980's. I posted the story in a few different places online over the years, probably dating back to the late 90s or early 2000's. Professor Hicks was a rather conservative Christian who was very careful about his words, and was not inclined to exaggerate. When Dr. Hicks told this story, he said that he had ...

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