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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 $...


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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 ...


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