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Black Mage: 2 + 2 = 4
Fighter: You can't transform numbers into other numbers like that. It'd just go on forever. That's like Witchcraft!
You know, I don't think math is a science. I think its a religion. All these equations are like miracles, you take two numbers and when you add them they magically become a new number! And no one can say how it happens. You either believe in it or you don't.
The whole book is full of things that have to be accepted on faith! It's a religion!
Calvin: I'm not going to do my math homework. Look at these unsolved problems. Here's a number in mortal combat with another. One of them is going to get subtracted. But why? What will be left of him? If I answered these, it would kill the suspense. It would resolve the conflict and turn intriguing possibilities into boring old facts.
Hobbes: I never really thought about the literary possibilities of maths.
Calvin: I prefer to savor the mystery.