Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | August 28, 2008

Exam howlers

Times Higher Education runs a traditional annual festival of students’ examination howlers. Some of them are actully quite good:

“Nirvana cannot be described because there are no words in existence for doing so. Not non-existence either, it is beyond the very ideas of existing and not existing.”

But this is from an actual examination script in my Foundation Year course:

“The only proof I can offer is that I remember that \sqrt{2} is irrational, according to 1984, human memory is more important than proof as proof can be altered, memory can not.”

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