Math Peers
Mathematicians cannot win.... For example, at parties, as soon as you mention you are into mathematics, everyone says "Oh, I was never any good at that..." and then walk away to find new conversation partners.
And, if you are called into jury duty, all you have to do is mention that you are into mathematics, and you will be excused. An example is Mark Leeper, summoned for jury duty but quickly dismissed by attorneys when asked his profession: engineer and mathematician. In retrospect, Leeper claims: "Mathematicians are trained to look for flaws and
other illogical steps in arguments. Most people.... will just say that the next step seems
reasonable and accept it. Mathematicians and logicians look to see if there is any way the truth could have leaked out of the
argument on that step."
Does this mean that mathematicians have no peers?
