As far as I’ve ever been able to work out, ‘clearly’ is mathematical shorthand for ‘I intuited this and can’t be bothered to work out how.’

THAT is a great one! I agree wholeheartedly–whenever a proof or textbook says, “Clearly,” I get nervous especially if it’s not obvious to me.

Of course, there’s also that long proof that was refuted immediately because he saw the word “Clearly” (or something to that effect).

Another good one!

You can find that proof in more detail here!

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As far as I’ve ever been able to work out, ‘clearly’ is mathematical shorthand for ‘I intuited this and can’t be bothered to work out how.’

THAT is a great one! I agree wholeheartedly–whenever a proof or textbook says, “Clearly,” I get nervous especially if it’s not obvious to me.

Of course, there’s also that long proof that was refuted immediately because he saw the word “Clearly” (or something to that effect).

Another good one!

You can find that proof in more detail here!