*Note—This is a piece I found in the book Science With A Smile, a collection of humorous scientific stories, anecdotes, and cartoons edited by Robert Weber. Its authorship was attributed to Anon.*

Every new scientist must learn that it is never in good taste to designate the sum of two quantities in the form

1 + 1 = 2 (1)

Anyone who has made a study of advanced mathematics is aware that 1 = ln *e* and 1 = sin^2 *x* + cos^2 *x*. Further

therefore Eq. (1) can be expressed more scientifically as

(2)

This may be further simplified by use of the relations

and

.

Equation (2) may therefore be rewritten

(3)

At this point it should be obvious that Eq. (3) is much clearer and more easily understood than Eq. (1). Other methods of a similar nature could be used to further expound Eq. (3); these are easily discovered once the reader grasps the underlying principles.

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