Friday, October 7, 2005

The Math of Peace

The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize joint winners are announced: chief nuclear inspector, Mohamed El Baradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog agency he heads. And you were expecting Bono and Bob Gedolf - for their whole-hearted campaigns to end poverty in Africa – admit.

The recipients are surely worthy winners "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way". Indeed – Peace!

I hereby grant Bono and Gedolf the joint Nobel Poverty Award "for their efforts to prevent poverty from being used for military purposes and to ensure that poverty for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way".

There was one year when 3 politicians were awarded the joint Nobel Peace Prize …very peaceful politicians! By the principles of Discrete Math, the negation of the universal statement (all) must be an existential statement (one or some) - thus the negation of "all politicians are peaceful" is "there exists at least one who is not peaceful". It is easy to understand predicates in Discrete Maths - it takes only "one" to wipe away the "all".