The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

The Proof Is In The Pudding Bowls - Set Of Four - Ceramic - By The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

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  • A set of four ceramic pudding bowls with the proofs to classic theorems of Euclid, Hippasus, Pythagoras, and Gauss. Terrific gift for mathematicians, scientists, students, or any geek on your gift list.

  • We are not going to lie to you: this one is for the mathematikoi -- the inner circle of the school of Pythagoras. If you think all math is rational, you are living in a fool's paradise.

  • These bowls are dangerous -- so dangerous that one theorem just might have culminated in murder. (Look it up -- Hippasus of Metapontum sleeps with the fishes because he couldn't keep his mouth shut about the square root of 2).

  • Each bowl is 8 oz., 4? diameter, 2? tall - yet so deep! Comes in a fun gift box.

  • From the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. Don't worry. We are employed, just not as philosophers. We're a small, Brooklyn based company specializing in gifts for the sophisticated gift giver. For whatever you need, we have presents of mind.

  • Color : White



Brought to You by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

The origins of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild are shrouded in mystery. Some accounts trace the Guild's birth to Athens in the latter half of the 4th century BCE. Allegedly, several lesser philosophers grew weary of the endless Socratic dialogue endemic in their trade and turned to crafting household implements and playthings. (Hence the assertions that Socrates quaffed his hemlock poison from a Guild-designed chalice, though vigorous debate surrounds the question of whether it was a disappearing chalice.)

Others argue that the UPG dates from the High Middle Ages, when the Philosophers Guild entered the world of commerce by selling bawdy pamphlets to pilgrims facing long lines for the restroom. Business boomed until 1211 when Pope Innocent III condemned the publications. Not surprisingly, this led to increased sales, even as half our membership was burned at the stake.

More recently, revisionist historians have pinpointed the birth of the Guild to the time it was still cool to live in New York City's Lower East Side. Two brothers turned their inner creativity and love of paying rent towards fulfilling the people's needs for finger puppets, warm slippers, coffee cups, and cracking up at stuff.




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