We place a locked cage at a given point of the desert. We then
introduce the following logical system: Axiom 1. The class of lions in the Sahara Desert is non-void Axiom 2. If there is a lion in the Sahara Desert, there is a lion
in the cage. Rule of Procedure. If p is a theorem, and p implies q
is a theorem, then q is a theorem. Theorem 1. There is a lion in the cage
The Method of Inversive Geometry:
We place a spherical cage in the desert, enter it, and lock it. We
perform an inverse operation with respect to the cage. The lion is
then in the interior of the cage and we are outside.
The Method of Projective Geometry:
Without loss of generality, we may regard the Sahara Desert as a
plane. Project the plane into a line, and then project the line into
an interior point of the plane. The lion is projected into the same
The Bolzano-Weirstrauss Method
Bisect the desert by a line runing N-S. The lion is either in the E
portion or in the W portion; let us suppose him to be in the W
portion. Bisect this portion by a line running E-W. The lion is either
in the N portion or in the S portion; let us suppose him to be in the
N portion. We continue this process indefinitely, constructing a
sufficiently strong fence about the chosen portion at each step. The
diameter of the chosen portions approaches zero, so that the lion is
ultimately surrounded by a fence of arbitrarily small perimeter.
The `Mengentheorisch' method
We observe that the desert is a separable space. It therefore contains
an enumerable dense set of points, from which can be extracted a
sequences having the lion as limit. We then approach the lion
stealthily along this sequence, bearing with us suitable equipment.
The Peano Method
Construct, by standard methods, a continuous curve passing through
every point of the desert. It has been remarked  that it is
possible to traverse such a curve in an arbitrarily short time. Armed
with a spear, we traverse the curve in a time shorter than that in
which the lion can move his own length.
We observe that the lion has at least the connectivity of the
torus. We transport the desert into four-space. It is then possible
 to carry out such a deformation that the lion can be
returned to three-space in a knotted condition. He is then helpless.
The Cauchy, or function theoretical, Method
We consider an analytic lion-valued function f(z). Let X be the cage.
Consider the integral:
1/(2 * pi * i) integral over C of [f(z) / (z - X)]dz
where C is the boundary of the desert; its value is f(X), i.e., a
lion in the cage.
The Dirac Method
We observe that wild lions are ipso facto not observable in the Sahara
desert. Consequently, if there are any lions in the Sahara, then they
are tame. The capture of a tame lion is left as an exercise for the
The Thermodynamic Method
We construct a semi-permeable membrane which is permeable to
everything except lions and sweep it across the desert.
The Wiener Tauberian method
We procure a tame lion, L0 of class
L(-infinity, +infinity), whose Fourier transform nowhere vanishes, and
release it in the desert. L0 then
converges to our cage. By Wiener's General Tauberian Theorem, any
other lion, L (say), will then converge to the same cage.
Alternatively, we can approximate arbitrarily closely to L by
translating L0 about the desert.
The Schrödinger Method
At any given moment there is a positive probability that there is a
lion in the cage. Sit down and wait.
The Heisenberg Method
You will disturb the lion when you observe it before capturing. So
keep your eyes closed.
The Einstein Method
Run in the direction opposite to that of the lion. The relative
velocity makes the lion run faster and hence it feels heavier and gets
Another Einstein Method
We distribute about the desert lion bait containing large portions of
the Companion of Sirius. When enough bait has been taken, we project
a beam of light across the desert. This will bend right around the
lion, who will then become so dizzy that he can be approached with
The Magneto-Optical Method
We plant a large lenticular bed of catnip [Nepeta cataria],
whose axis lies along the direction of the horizontal component as the
earth's magnetic field, and place a cage at one of its foci. We
distribute over the desert large quantities of magnetized spinach
[Spinacia oleracea], which, as is well known, has a high
ferric content. The spinach is eaten by the herbivorous denizens of
the desert, which are in turn eaten by lions. the lions are then
oriented parallel to the earth's magnetic field, and the resulting
beam of lions is focused by the catnip upon the cage.
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