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Would he appreciate an intelligent guess?

If I didn't know how much a square foot of air weighed, could I represent it with x and then give a formula?

If he asked me who discovered the south pole and I asked him to clarify whether he meant who first reached the south pole, who first postulated that the earth, being spheroid, must have a southernmost extremity, or who first realized that the earth produces a magnetic field, would he be impressed or merely annoyed?

I'd be more interested to know how he reacted to the answers than the fact that he asked the questions.

From what I've inferred by reading about Edison, he probably would have feared you more intelligent than himself; and wouldn't have hired you on that basis, after taking the opportunity to chastise you for your lack of knowledge.

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