I hear procedural unsolved questions like “Can the US president pardon themselves?” and the only thing I can think of is that if mathematicians had to write the laws, there wouldn’t be all this ambiguity. Like the calculus teacher who docked me some points because I forgot to state that one of the sets in a theorem had to be non-empty 👀


I will always remember how a friend and classmate of mine, who eventually went to law school, told me that the strict math education we were given in high school helped him a lot at university, because he was used to think about edge cases, counterexamples, and hard proofs, while his course mates were not.

Of course the perfect education, especially for people in law, would be a mix of mathematical thinking and a sensitivity to the humanities too…

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