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Problem: To Catch a Lion in the Sahara Desert. (Hunting lions in Africa was originally published as "A contribution to the mathematical theory of big game hunting" in the American Mathematical Monthly in 1938 by "H. Petard, of Princeton NJ" [actually the late Ralph Boas]. It has been reprinted several times. This is a hugely extended version with contributions from the net. 1. Mathematical Methods 1.1 The Hilbert (axiomatic) method We place a locked cage onto a given point in the desert. After that we introduce the following logical system: Axiom 1: The set of lions in the Sahara is not empty. Axiom 2: If there exists a lion in the Sahara, then there exists a lion in the cage. Procedure: If P is a theorem, and if the following is holds: "P implies Q", then Q is a theorem. Theorem 1: There exists a lion in the cage. 1.2 The geometrical inversion method We place a spherical cage in the desert, enter it and lock it from inside. Case 1: The lion is inside the cage. This case is trivial. Case 2: The lion is outside the cage. We then perform an inversion with respect to the cage. Then the lion is inside the cage, and we are outside. Warning: With this method, it is important not to stand in the middle of the cage, as one will disappear in the infinite. 1.3 The projective geometry method Without loss of generality, we can view the desert as a plane surface. We project the surface onto a line and afterwards the line onto an interior point of the cage. Thereby the lion is mapped onto that same point. 1.4 The BolzanoWeierstrass method Divide the desert by a line running from north to south. The lion is then either in the eastern or in the western part. Let's assume it is in the eastern part. Divide this part by a line running from east to west. The lion is either in the northern or in the southern part. Let's assume it is in the northern part. We can continue this process arbitrarily and thereby constructing with each step an increasingly narrow fence around the selected area. The diameter of the chosen partitions converges to zero so that the lion is caged into a fence of arbitrarily small diameter. Warning: With this method take care that the beautiful skin of the lion is not damaged. 1.5 The set theoretical method We observe that the desert is a separable space. It therefore contains an enumerable dense set of points which constitutes a sequence with the lion as its limit. With a cage on our backs, we jump from point to point of this sequence an so approach the lion as near as we like. 1.6 The Peano method In the usual way construct a curve containing every point in the desert. It has been proven [1] that such a curve can be traversed in arbitrarily short time. Now we traverse the curve, carrying a spear, in a time less than what it takes the lion to move a distance equal to its own length. 1.7 A topological method We observe that the lion possesses the topological gender of a torus. We embed the desert in a four dimensional space. Then it is possible to apply a deformation [2] of such a kind that the lion when returning to the three dimensional space is all tied up in itself. It is then completely helpless. 1.8 The Cauchy method We examine a lionvalued function f(z). Be \zeta the cage. Consider the integral 1 [ f(z)  I  dz 2 π i ] z  \zeta C where C represents the boundary of the desert. Its value is f(zeta), i.e. there is a lion in the cage [3]. 1.9 The WienerTauber method We obtain a tame lion, L_0, from the class L(\infinity,\infinity), whose fourier transform vanishes nowhere. We put this lion somewhere in the desert. L_0 then converges toward our cage. According to the general WienerTauner theorem [4] every other lion L will converge toward the same cage. (Alternatively we can approximate L arbitrarily close by translating L_0 through the desert [5].) From: chohn#NoSpam.vub.ac.be (Ohn Christian) 1.10 The Mathematical Induction method Consider, for each n, the following statement: P(n) : 'It is possible to catch n lions in the desert.' Of course, P(n) is true for large enough n, because the lions are then so tightly packed together that it is easy to catch them. But now, P(n) implies P(n1) ('cause if you catch some lions, you can always release one of them). Hence, P(1) is true. 1.11 The Banachsche or iterative method Let f be a contraction of the Sahara in it with contraction point x_0. On this point we put the cage. By successive iteration W(n+1)= f(W(n)), n=,1,2,..... (W(0)=Sahara) the Sahara will be contracted to X_0. In this way the lion will get in the cage. 1.12 The Kalra Method Make a list of the lion's whereabouts. Classify them into different fuzzy sets. The lion will get confused and fall into your trap. 1.13 The Cartesian method Take the origin as close as possible to the lion. Then perform rotation operation again and again. Initially, the lion will feel dizzy. Finally it will fall down. 1.14 The Inductive Method Initial Condition: If you center a large cage on any one grain of sand, and a lion is on or close to the grain of sand. then he will be trapped by the cage. By close we mean within epsilon grains of sand. Given a cage the size of 2 * (size of lion * epsilon) it works. First Hypothesis: Given the first grain of sand in the desert, if the lion is standing on it you will trap him. Proof: Given by the initial condition. Induction Hypothesis: Assume that a lion is on a grain of sand n, and is trappable. Now, for grain n+1 (assume all grains of sand are ordered, inorder) n+1 is close to n, hence n is close to n+1. If the lion is on grain n, and is trappable; then he is close to n+1, and by the above condition, trappable. Hence, no matter where the lions are if you drop a cage centered on a piece of sand you will catch a lion. 1.15 The IntegroDifferential Method Integrate the Sahara over its entire surface. The lion is now somewhere in the result. Differentiate the result w.r.t the earth's rotation. The resulting value is zero, and the lion is no more. From: David J Corbett <djc123#NoSpam.student.canterbury.ac.nz> 1.16 Group theory method Note that "dog in lace" is an anagram of "caged lion". Therefore, apply the appropriate permutation from S9 on a dog in lace to obtain a caged lion. The matter of obtaining a dog in lace is left to the reader. 2 Theoretical Physics Methods 2.1 The Dirac method We assert that wild lions can ipso facto not be observed in the Sahara desert. Therefore, if there are any lions at all in the desert, they are tame. We leave catching a tame lion as an exercise to the reader. 2.2 The Schroedinger method At every instant there is a nonzero probability of the lion being in the cage. Sit and wait. 2.3 The Quantum Measurement Method We assume that the sex of the lion is _ab initio_ indeterminate. The wave function for the lion is hence a superposition of the gender eigenstate for a lion and that for a lioness. We lay these eigenstates out flat on the ground and orthogonal to each other. Since the (male) lion has a distinctive mane, the measurement of sex can safely be made from a distance, using binoculars. The lion then collapses into one of the eigenstates, which is rolled up and placed inside the cage. 2.4 The nuclear physics method Insert a tame lion into the cage and apply a Majorana exchange operator [6] on it and a wild lion. As a variant let us assume that we would like to catch (for argument's sake) a male lion. We insert a tame female lion into the cage and apply the Heisenberg exchange operator [7], exchanging spins. 2.5 The Newton gravitation method Cage and lion attract each other with the gravitation force. We neglect the friction. This way the lion will arive sooner or later in the cage. 2.6 The Newton third law method Let the lion catch you (let's assume you remain alive here). For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, you will have captured the lion. 2.7 The Special relativistic method One moves over the desert with light velocity. The relativistic length contraction makes the lion flat as paper. One takes it, rolls it up and puts a rubber band around the lion. 2.8 The Special relativistic method (method 2) Run in the direction opposite to that of the lion. The relative velocity makes the lion run faster and hence he feels heavier and gets tired. 2.9 The general relativistic method All over the desert we distribute lion bait containing large amounts of the companion star of Sirius. After enough of the bait has been eaten we send a beam of light through the desert. This will curl around the lion so it gets all confused and can be approached without danger. 2.10 The Heisenberg method Position and Velocity from a moving lion can not be measure at the same time. As moving lions have no physical meaningfull position in the desert, one can not catch them. The lion hunt can therefore be limited to resting lions. The catching of a resting, not moving lion is left as an exercise for the reader. 2.11 The Schroedinger cat method From: Alain Gottcheiner <agot#NoSpam.ulb.ac.be> I'm no specialist of quantum mechanics, so it's possible that I've overlooked something important, but the following method should work : 1) Note that a lion is nothing else than some big cat. 2) Pour some contact poison that's lethal to lions over the Sahara. 3) Thereafter, either the lion is dead, or it isn't. So look at the Sahara to reduce the lion's state to either dead or alive. If he's dead, you will have no problems picking him and putting him in the cage. If it is not, proceed back to step 2. 4) Since the probability (P) of this trick working is not 0, and since [limit, on n going to infinite, of 1 minus P to the nth, is O] you've got 1OO% probability of some iteration of the process bringing up the result you wanted. There could just be a snag about the method : if the lion is dead, obvioulsy he's not moving anymore, and his momentum is known to be nought, so how are you going to measure where he is lying ? 2.appendix The Heisenberg constriction You will disturb the lion when you observe it before capturing. So keep your eyes closed. 3 Experimental Physics Methods 3.1 The thermodynamics method We construct a semipermeable membrane which lets everything but lions pass through. This we drag across the desert. 3.2 The atomic fission method We irradiate the desert with slow neutrons. The lion becomes radioactive and starts to disintegrate. Once the disintegration process is progressed far enough the lion will be unable to resist. 3.3 The magnetooptical method We plant a large, lense shaped field with cat mint (nepeta cataria) such that its axis is parallel to the direction of the horizontal component of the earth's magnetic field. We put the cage in one of the field's foci . Throughout the desert we distribute large amounts of magnetized spinach (spinacia oleracea) which has, as everybody knows, a high iron content. The spinach is eaten by vegetarian desert inhabitants which in turn are eaten by the lions. Afterwards the lions are oriented parallel to the earth's magnetic field and the resulting lion beam is focussed on the cage by the cat mint lense. [1] After Hilbert, cf. E. W. Hobson, "The Theory of Functions of a Real Variable and the Theory of Fourier's Series" (1927), vol. 1, pp 456457 [2] H. Seifert and W. Threlfall, "Lehrbuch der Topologie" (1934), pp 23 [3] According to the Picard theorem (W. F. Osgood, Lehrbuch der Funktionentheorie, vol 1 (1928), p 178) it is possible to catch every lion except for at most one. [4] N. Wiener, "The Fourier Integral and Certain of its Applications" (1933), pp 7374 [5] N. Wiener, ibid, p 89 [6] cf e.g. H. A. Bethe and R. F. Bacher, "Reviews of Modern Physics", 8 (1936), pp 82229, esp. pp 106107 [7] ibid 4 Contributions from Computer Science. 4.1 The search method We assume that the lion is most likely to be found in the direction to the north of the point where we are standing. Therefore the REAL problem we have is that of speed, since we are only using a PC to solve the problem. 4.2 The parallel search method. By using parallelism we will be able to search in the direction to the north much faster than earlier. 4.3 The MonteCarlo method. We pick a random number indexing the space we search. By excluding neighboring points in the search, we can drastically reduce the number of points we need to consider. The lion will according to probability appear sooner or later. 4.4 The practical approach. We see a rabbit very close to us. Since it is already dead, it is particularly easy to catch. We therefore catch it and call it a lion. 4.5 The common language approach. If only everyone used ADA/Common Lisp/Prolog, this problem would be trivial to solve. 4.6 The standard approach. We know what a Lion is from ISO 4711/X.123. Since CCITT have specified a Lion to be a particular option of a cat we will have to wait for a harmonized standard to appear. $20,000,000 have been funded for initial investigations into this standard development. 4.7 Linear search. Stand in the top left hand corner of the Sahara Desert. Take one step east. Repeat until you have found the lion, or you reach the right hand edge. If you reach the right hand edge, take one step southwards, and proceed towards the left hand edge. When you finally reach the lion, put it the cage. If the lion should happen to eat you before you manage to get it in the cage, press the reset button, and try again. 4.8 The Dijkstra approach: The way the problem reached me was: catch a wild lion in the Sahara Desert. Another way of stating the problem is: Axiom 1: Sahara elem deserts Axiom 2: Lion elem Sahara Axiom 3: NOT(Lion elem cage) We observe the following invariant: P1: C(L) v not(C(L)) where C(L) means: the value of "L" is in the cage. Establishing C initially is trivially accomplished with the statement ;cage := {} Note 0: This is easily implemented by opening the door to the cage and shaking out any lions that happen to be there initially. (End of note 0.) The obvious program structure is then: ;cage:={} ;do NOT (C(L)) > ;"approach lion under invariance of P1" ;if P(L) > ;"insert lion in cage" [] not P(L) > ;skip ;fi ;od where P(L) means: the value of L is within arm's reach. Note 1: Axiom 2 ensures that the loop terminates. (End of note 1.) Exercise 0: Refine the step "Approach lion under invariance of P1". (End of exercise 0.) Note 2: The program is robust in the sense that it will lead to abortion if the value of L is "lioness". (End of note 2.) Remark 0: This may be a new sense of the word "robust" for you. (End of remark 0.) Note 3: From observation we can see that the above program leads to the desired goal. It goes without saying that we therefore do not have to run it. (End of note 3.) (End of approach.) 4.9 The Linked List Method Make a linked list of all objects in the desert. Then delete the pointers on either side of the lion.(Make sure you are not AFTER the lion.) 4.10 The Automata Method Use a NonDeterministic Finite Automaton with epsilon moves from all states to the final state, and no moves from the final state. The lion will soon enter the final state and be trapped. 4.11 The Divide And Conqure Method (by recursion) Divide the desert in half. Repeat the process until you have the lion, a grain of sand, or some other object that cannot be divided without blood shed. You have the lion. The order of this method = O(insane). (Where sanity is anything reasonable.) 5 Other Methods 5.1 The TimeCop Method Use a timemachine and take the entire Sahara back a few years in time. The lion is just a cub now, and all you need is a mousetrap. 5.2 The Shakespeare Method Hold the lion still for a moment (I don't care how you do it), and recite Shakespeare`s Hamlet to it. The lion will change from 'To be' to 'Nottobe'. 5.3 The Pentagon method. Construct a safe, secure cage and leave the door open. Alternate massive B52 strikes across the Sahara desert with subtle propaganda campaigns emphasizing the safety and security of your cage. When a lion enters the cage, close and lock the door. 5.4 The supplyside method. Distribute vast quantities of lion food and eliminate all threats to the lion population. Put a cage in the desert and wait for the explosive growth of the lion population to force a lion into the cage. 5.5 The MarxistLeninist method. Indoctrinate the gazelle population of the Sahara desert in dialectical materialism. Disguise your cage as a reeducation camp for capitalist lions, and the gazelles will bring you all the lions you need. From: David J Corbett <djc123#NoSpam.student.canterbury.ac.nz> 5.6 The crossword method "1 Across Dog in lace, confused, becomes trapped Leo (5,4)", to which the solution is "caged lion". For other articles, see also: A Random Walk in Science  R.L. Weber and E. Mendoza More Random Walks In Science  R.L. Weber and E. Mendoza In Mathematical Circles (2 volumes)  Howard Eves Mathematical Circles Revisited  Howard Eves Mathematical Circles Squared  Howard Eves Fantasia Mathematica  Clifton Fadiman The Mathematical Magpi  Clifton Fadiman Seven Years of Manifold  Jaworski The Best of the Journal of Irreproducible Results  George H. Scheer Mathematics Made Difficult  Linderholm A StressAnalysis of a Strapless Evening Gown  Robert Baker The WormRunners Digest Knuth's April 1984 CACM article on The Space Complexity of Songs Stolfi and ?? SIGACT article on Pessimal Algorithms and Simplexity Analysis
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From: Dick van der Sijs (D.A.vanderSijs#NoSpam.fys.ruu.nl) Intercepted Mail: July 5, 1997 Dear sir, I strongly object against the IntegroDifferential Method[1] . There are too little lions left on the earth to make this a justifiable method. Actually, hereby I express my sincere concern against advertising any method to catch a lion (in the desert or elsewhere) apparently for the sole reason of catching it. Also, I question using these methods for any reason not in the interest of an individual lion's health or not benefitting the lion as a species. So said, with best regards, Dick van der Sijs member of WWF References: [1] To catch a lion in the Sahara Dessert, Method 1.15 The IntegroDifferential Method, Science Jokes Collection, Section Combined Sciences (1997)  July 6, 1997 Dear Drs. van der Sijs, As regarding your letter of July 5[1], I can assure you that the lion catching project is completely beneficial. The original purpose[2,3] was of course just to put some transmitters on the lions[3], so that their migration patterns could be studied, so that those regions could be made into national parks, where they would not be disturbed. Some scientist just forget the use of projects and just find new methods and call it ``fundamental science'', aka without any use at all. This method[4,1] is clearly not ethical and will not be used in further experiments. With kind regards, The project leader, Member of WWF. References: [1]Personal communication, 1997. [2]H. Petard, "A contribution to the mathematical theory of big game hunting" in the American Mathematical Monthly, 1938. [3]H. Petard, Personal communication, 1937. [4] To catch a lion in the Sahara Dessert, Method 1.15 The IntegroDifferential Method, Science Jokes Collection (1997)
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Morris), royl#NoSpam.zen.icl.co.uk (Roy Lakin), barry#NoSpam.numetrix.com (Barry Fruitman), mlc#NoSpam.iberia.cca.rockwell.com (Michael Cook) sgalon <sgalon#NoSpam.iil.intel.com>, Laurent#NoSpam.spam.me.baby, Mario VELUCCHI <velucchi#NoSpam.bigfoot.com> Several students were asked the following problem: Prove that all odd integers higher than 2 are prime. mathematician: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, and by induction, we have that all the odd integers are prime." Statistician: 100% of the sample 5, 13, 37, 41 and 53 is prime, so all odd numbers must be prime. Mechanical Statistician: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is an outlier, 11 is prime, 13 is prime, .... all odd numbers are prime. Measure nontheorist: there are exactly as many odd numbers as primes (Euclid, Cantor), and exactly one even prime (namely 2), so there must be exactly one odd nonprime (namely 1). Physicist: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is ... uh, 9 is an experimental error, 11 is prime, 13 is prime... Well, it seems that you're right." Wouldn't a modern physicist employ something like renormalization? 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is ... 9/3 is prime 11 is prime, 13 is prime, 15 is ... 15/3 is prime 17 is prime, 19 is prime, 21 is ... 21/3 is prime Quantum Physicist: All numbers are equally prime and nonprime until observed. Chemist: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime.. that's enough." Chemist: 1 prime, 3 prime, 5 prime...hey, let's publish! Cosmologist: 3 is prime, yes it is true.... Engineer: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is ..., 9 is ..., well if you approximate, 9 is prime, 11 is prime, 13 is prime... Well, it does seem right." Engineer: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is not working, fetch toolbox. Engineer: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is prime, 11 is prime... [Continue until told to go home by others] Professor: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, and the rest are left as an exercise for the student. Computer scientist: I've just whipped up a program to REALLY go and prove it..." He goes over to his terminal and runs his program. Reading the output on the screen he says, "1 is prime, 1 is prime, 1 is prime, 1 is prime...." Computer scientist using Unix: 3's a prime, 5's a prime, 7's a prime, segmentation fault. core dumped. Computer Scientist: 1 is prime, 10 is prime, 11 is prime, 101 is prime... 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Bus error. Core dumped. The computer programmer method is: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is prime, 9 is prime, 9 is prime, 9 is ..." Opps, let's try that again: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is ... 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is ... 3 is ..." Um, right. Okay, how about this: "3 is not prime, 5 is not prime, 7 is not prime, 9 is not prime..." So much for the beta releases. Ship this: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is a feature, 11 is prime..." and put on the cover "More prime numbers than anyone else in the industry!" Coming soon: "3 is a prime, 4 is a feature, 5 is a prime, 6 is a feature, 7 is a prime, 8 is not yet implemented, 9 is our backwards compatibilty module, ..." Programmer: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 will be fixed in the next release, ... C programmer: 03 is prime, 05 is prime, 07 is prime, 09 is really 011 which everyone knows is prime, ... BASIC programmer: What's a prime? COBOL programmer: What's an odd number? Windows programmer: 1 is prime. Wait. Mac programmer: Now why would anyone want to know about that? That's not user friendly. You don't worry about it, we'll take care of it for you. Bill Gates: 1. No one will ever need any more then 1. TRS80 Computer Programmer: One is prime, Two is prime, Three is prime, Out of Memory. Computer Scientist with a Pentium: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 6.9999978 is prime... Computer Scientist: 3.0001 is prime 4.9999 is prime 7.0001 is prime ... General protection error... Software tech support operator: Well, we haven't had any reports of composite odd numbers... do you have the latest version of ZFC? Logician: Hypothesis: All odd numbers are prime Proof: 1) If a proof exists, then the hypothesis must be true 2) The proof exists; you're reading it now. From 1 and 2 follows that all odd numbers are prime Confused Undergraduate: Yes, it's true. Proof: Let p be any prime number larger than 2. Then p is not divisible by 2, so p is odd. QED Linguist: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 aaah. I can make 9 a prime. Linguist: are you lot going to shut up and buy me a beer or not? Computational linguist: 3 is an odd prime, 5 is an odd prime, 7 is an odd prime, 9 is a very odd prime, ... So we go on to the architect (Architecture is the only completely nontechnical faculty in the technion): Architects are very friendly people who are always ready to help, so when asked to prove that all odd numbers are prime: "I'd love to help you, if you could just clarify something ... what exactly are odd numbers?" Philosopher : why don't we just call all the odd numbers prime and call all the prime numbers odd, that way all the odd numbers would be prime Philosopher: 3 is prime. Hum, thats an interesting statment, I'll get one of my research students to look into that. Economist: "Assume 9 is prime..." Economist: 2 is a prime, 4 is a prime. Economist: 3 is even, 4 is even, 6 is even... Economist: 4 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is not prime. Look the prime rate is dropping. English Major: 1 is prime, 2 is prime, 3 is prime, 4 is prime... Any fool could prove that the above is wrong... After all, no English major can count that high! ;) P.S. And I should know...I've done^H^H^H^H spent time in the English army! English major: What's a prime number ? Politician: What's a number ? Philosophy major: What is ? Athletic scholarship: What !? Theologian: 3 is prime and that's good enough for me! Theologian: No after all before God all numbers even, odd and prime are created equal. Christian: I'm sure the Bible says that all odd numbers are prime. Pope: 9 is prime. If you think otherwise, prepare to be damned The Psychiatrist: 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is prime but trying to supress it, 11 is prime...... Shrink: 3 is prime, 5 is prime etc... And how could one specify "prime" anyway? Psychologists: Do _they_ want to be? Sociologist: 3 is a number, 3 is prime, all numbers are prime. Sociologist: is it right to call numbers odd? Sociologist: 3 is a number, 3 is prime, all numbers are prime. Anthropologist: Prime or not, every number is unique. Take 9 for example... Multiculturalist: Pfui! There you go, classifying numbers into categories. Lawyer: 3 is prime, yet 5 could be anything, taking into account, but not limited to, the fact that 4 may or may not be prime, depending on the witnesses' testimonies and the written evidence furnished. Lawyer: According to Maths v Logic, 9 was judicially declared prime Lawyers: one is prime, three is prime, five is prime, seven is prime, although there appears to be prima facie evidence that nine is not prime, there exists substantial precedent to indicate that nine should be considered prime. The following brief presents the case for nine's primeness ... Accountant: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is prime, deducing 10% tax and 5% other obligations. Accountant: What would you like it to be? Politician: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is composite, 11 is prime  we can ignore 9 because the primes have a majority. Corrupt Politician: For a sufficent donation, 9 can be reclassified Politician: Do you want them to be? George Bush: What's nine got against being prime? I'll bet it won't allow the pledge of allegiance to be said in our schools either. Richard Nixon: Put nine on the enemies list. I'm gonna get that number. Liberals: The fact that nine is not prime indicates a deprived cultural environment which can only be remedied by a federally funded cultural enrichment program. Manager: 3 yes, 5 yes, 7 YES, 9 Now let's take a positive attitude here Midlevel manager: 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is... Who can I delegate this to ? QA: 1 is not proven, 2 no and reported, 3 not proven, 4 no and reported, ... Butcher: Prime? What do numbers have to do with meat? Salesman: 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, and with 9 you get five excellent primes for the price of three ! Rec.humor poster: one is prime, one is prime, one is prime, one is prime Crank: 9 IS PRIME! NOW WHERE IS THE CAPS UNLOCK? New Yorker: 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is ... NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS! Mathematical Chess Player with whites: 1 'Pawn' is not prime, 2 'Pawns' is prime, 5 'Pawns' is prime, 7 'Pawns' is prime, 9 'Pawns' is ... I have not 9 white Pawns, please can you borrow me a black Pawns? Thanks ... hum: 8 white Pawns + 1 black Pawns ... sorry i can not answer to you problem, i have not sufficient homogeneous Pawns!? [by: velucchi#NoSpam.bigfoot.com (Mario Velucchi)] From: "Mike Varley" <mike#NoSpam.varley9.freeserve.co.uk> Windows Programmer: 3 is prime 5 is prime 7 is prime 9 has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. Linux Programmer: 3 is prime 5 is prime 7 is prime 9 is fed up with a primedominated world, and has set up its own number system. Mac Programmer: 3 is prime 5 is prime 7 is prime 9 could do with being more userfriendly. From: Renan <renan.birck#NoSpam.gmail.com> Windows programmer: 3 is prime 5 is prime 7 is prime 9 is prime, but this is a known bug and is fixed in Service Pack 3 for Windows 2003 (a 3GB download, available at Windows Update). Linux Programmer: 3 is prime 5 is prime 7 is prime 9 is prKernel panic: fatal exception in prime_numbers(): interrupt error. The patch that corrects this bug will be in Kernel 2.6.15.86.64.25.23.5.78.43.2rc3beta1. For now, recompile the kernel without prime number support. RPN calculator (esp. HP) user: 3 PRIME? YES 5 PRIME? YES 7 PRIME? YES 9 PRIME? MEMORY LOST From: "Maayan Hanin" <maayan#NoSpam.pazor.co.il> Sales Representative: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 we'll make our best efforts." Software Marketing Rep.: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 will be prime in the next version." Advertiser: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 11 is prime." Warehouseman: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 try again next week." Lawyer: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 there isn't enough evidence to prove that is not prime." Plastic Surgeon: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 for about 5000$ we'll fix that for you." Psychologist: "3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is prime but trying to repress it." MPA________________________________________________________________________ From: mstueben#NoSpam.pen.k12.va.us (Michael A. Stueben) From: sm#NoSpam.wfhh.sh.sub.de (Stefan Mohr) ASSIGNMENT: Obtain an elephant from Africa. PHYSICIST: Starting on the west coast, he searches north tosouth and southtonorth slowly moving east. He inspects all gray animals keeping the first one that weighs the same as a known adult elephant plusorminus 500 pounds. MATHEMATICIAN: Starting in the center he moves in an elliptical spiral (with major axis oriented northtosouth) removing all nonelephants keeping whatever is left. EXPERIENCED MATHEMATICAN: Same as unexperienced mathematican, except that he first tries to proof there is at least one unabiguous elephant before he starts with the search. MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR: Same as experienced mathematican, except that he leaves the actual searching and catching of the elephant to his students. Other MATHEMATICIANS hunt elephants by going to Africa, throwing out everything that is not an elephant, and catching one of whatever is left. COMPUTER SCIENTIST: First he notes that there are two kinds of elephants (African and Indian) and requests more detailed specifications as to which elephant is desired to be captured. Then he searches easttowest and west toeast starting from the southern tip and moving north. He stops only when encountering and capturing an animal whose description matches the American Zoological Society's classification of the type of elephant he is seeking. EXPERIENCED COMPUTER SCIENTIST: Same as inexperienced computer scientist, except that he places a known elephant in Cairo to guarantee that the algorithm terminates. ( The way I teach the insertion sort is to first locate the smallest element and then to swap it into first place. Why? So that the insertion algorithm must terminate before reaching the nonexistent zeroth position. I like to tell this joke just before I teach the insertion sort. Michael A. Stueben) ASSEMBLER PROGRAMMER: Same as experienced computer scientist, except that he prefers to do it on his hand and knees. SQL PROGRAMMER: Uses the following expression: SELECT elephant FROM Africa. STATISTICIAN: hunts the first animal he sees n times and calls it elephant. ECONOMIST: He hunts no elephants, but believes that the elephants would deliver themselves if payed enough. ECONOMICAL ADVISER: He hunts no elephants and has never hunted anything at all. You can hire them by the hour to give good advice. SYSTEM ANALYSER: Is theoretically capable of calculating the the correlation between hat size and hit quote, if somebody would tell them what an elephant is. From: "\"Alan \\\"Uncle Al\\\" Schwartz\"" <uncleal0#NoSpam.ix.netcom.com> ENGINEERS hunt elephants by going to Africa, catching gray animals at random, and stopping when any one of them weighs within plus or minus 15 percent of any previously observed elephant STATISTICIANS hunt the first animal they see N times and call it an elephant OPERATIONS RESEARCH CONSULTANTS can measure the correlation of hat size and bullet colour to the efficiency of elephant hunting strategies, if someone else will identify the elephants POLITICIANS don't hunt elephants, but they will share the elephants you catch with the people who voted for them LAWYERS don't hunt elephants, but they do follow the herd around arguing about who owns the droppings SOFTWARE LAWYERS will claim that they own an entire herd based on the look and feel of one dropping When the VICE PRESIDENT OF R&D tries to hunt elephants, his staff will try to ensure that all elephants are completely prehunted before he sees them. If the vice president sees a nonprehunted elephant, the staff will (1) compliment the vice president's keen eyesite and (2) enlarge itself to prevent any recurrence SENIOR MANAGERS set broad elephant hunting policy based on the assumption that elephants are just like field mice, but with deeper voices QUALITY ASSURANCE INSPECTORS ignore the elephants and look for mistakes the other hunters made when they were packing the jeep SALESPEOPLE don't hunt elephants but spend their time selling elephants they haven't caught, for delivery two days before the season opens SOFTWARE SALESPEOPLE ship the first thing they catch and write up an invoice for an elephant HARDWARE SALESPEOPLE catch rabbits, paint them gray and sell them as "desktop elephants". From: david_loewenstern#NoSpam.yr.com Biologist: study the feeding habits of elephants, and learn where they are most likely to be found. Go to this place with a cage and a grad student. Tell the grad student to collect the elephant specimen. Cairo without finding an elephant. Engineer: Build a really big cage around Africa. Businessman: Go to the zoo. Make an offer for the elephant cage, fully furnished with elephant. Mathematician: Buy a cage. Step inside and lock the door. Define your position as "outside". From: Renan <renan.birck#NoSpam.gmail.com> UNIX USER: cat Africa  grep elephant
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When a problem gets to complicated for the physicists, they hand the problem to the chemists. When a problem gets to complicated for the chemists, it is handed over to the biologist. And when biologists think it is to complicated they give the problem to the sociologists.
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If it moves it is biology, if it stinks it is chemistry and if it does not work it is physics. From: Daniel BB Jones Esq. <76612.3555#NoSpam.CompuServe.COM> [from "Murphy's Law, Book Two: More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong"] If it's green or it wriggles, it's biology. If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it doesn't work, it's physics. From: 157763091#NoSpam.cats.ucis.vill.edu (James J. Marshall) from "The Complete Murphy's Law, A Definitive Collection"] Cerf's Extension to the Handy Guide to Modern Science If it's incomprehensible, it's mathematics. If it doesn't make sense, it's either economics or psychology. From: kkrueger#NoSpam.osf1.gmu.edu (Karl A Krueger) If it causes cancer in laboratory animals, it's pharmacology or nutrition. If it's just plain wrong, it's education. If it crashes, it's either engineering or CS. If it falls on itself, smashing a hundred cars, it's civil engineering. If it fails to distribute the middle term, it's theology. From: "PAUL ROBERT VARLEY" <VAR14084#NoSpam.gorseinon.ac.uk> If it's rock hard, it's geology From: "Renz, Craig" <Craig_Renz#NoSpam.dpsk12.org> Chemistry stinks! Biology bites! Geology Rocks! From: Renan <renan.birck#NoSpam.gmail.com> "If it can be proved, it is mathematics; if it moves, it is biology or mechanical engineering; if it stinks, it is chemistry; if it works, it is electrical engineering or physics; if nobody understands it, it is psychology or philosophy; If it can't be proved, doesn't move, doesn't stink, doesn't work and nobody understands it, it is COMPUTER SCIENCE!"
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From: reid#NoSpam.indiana.edu (Frank Reid) Technicians think they are engineers. Engineers think they are physicists. Physicists think they are mathematicians. Mathematicians think they are philosophers. Philosophers think they are technicians. (Local philosophy prof sprayed WD40 in his VCR.) OR: From: cyrus#NoSpam.josaiah.sewanee.edu (Cyrus) Biologists think they're biochemists. Biochemists think they're chemists. Chemists think the're physical chemists. Physical Chemists think they're physicists. Physicists think they're God. God thinks he is a mathematician.
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From: asdalton#NoSpam.umich.edu (Andrew Dalton) I heard this one: Engineers want to be experimental physicists. Experimental physicists want to be theoretical physicists. Theoretical physicists want to be mathematicians. Mathematicians want to be philosophers. Philosophers want to be theologians. Theologians want to be engineers.
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From: miniair <marca#NoSpam.wilson.harvard.edu> 19970307 More Smartypants Here are further observations gleaned from the Project Smartypants survey (which field has the smartest, or believes it has the smartest, people?), the results of which were summarized in last month's miniAIR. Astronomer Vinay L. Kashyap: Speaking of ranking the various disciplines  Politicians think they are Economists. Economists think they are Social Scientists. Social Scientists think they are Psychologists. Psychologists think they are Biologists. Biologists think they are Organic Chemists. Organic Chemists think they are Physical Chemists. Physical Chemists think they are Physicists. Physicists think they are Mathematicians. Mathematicians think they are God. God ...umm... so happens that God is an Astronomer. Geographer Wolf Roder: Back when my daughter was studying at Caltech it was *known* that astronomers (future) were those who could not make it in physics. Biochemist Lex Kwee: Engineering ranks itself pretty high and could beat Physics in a man to man contest, because they would bring more appropriate weaponry. Pam Sexton, who did not identify her field: I can't say who is smarter, but I did have a physicist boss once who described chemists as the "lowest form of scientific life". Astronomer Duncan Steele: I was once at a seminar about some obscure branch of mathematics. (Actually I wasn't: I heard about this from someone who may, or may not, have been there. If it ever actually occurred). The lecturer drew some bizarre diagram on the board, whereupon a puzzled member of the audience put up his hand and said that he couldn't understand which way was up, and which down. The lecturer replied: "I am from Cambridge: hence all other directions are down." This proves beyond all reasonable doubt that mathematicians  at least those from Cambridge  think of themselves as being on the top of the heap. Mathematician Fredrik Mansfeld: I'm a mathematician working as a computer scientist. Since I am of the purest academic discipline of them all I can assure you that my opinions are completely objective and unbiased.
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From: kludge#NoSpam.grissom.larc.nasa.gov (Scott Dorsey) How to identify scientists: Chem Prof: Wears a white lab coat. This may actually be clean but does not have to be. Pchem profs have a brand new coat that has never been in the lab; polymer chem profs have strange glop on their coat, and intro chem profs have acid holes. Physics Prof: Wears blue jeans and a flannel shirt. May sometimes forget to wear shirt altogether. If a professor is wearing blue jeans and suspenders, ten to one he is a physicist. Physics profs often have German accents, but this is not a distingushing characteristic. Be wary of psychologists with fake Viennese accents which can sound similar to the unwary. Bio Prof: Sometimes wears a lab coat, though usually this is the sign of a biochemist. Marine biologists walk around in hip boots for no explainable reason, even in the middle of winter. They are apt to wear grey slacks and smell like fish, as opposed to most biologists, who smell strongly of formalin. Microbiology instructors go around in spotless white coats, refuse to drink beer on tap, and wipe all their silverware before using it. Never loan money to a bio prof, no matter how much he asks. Psych Prof: Psychologists are not real scientists, and can be easily identified by their screams of protest whenever anyone questions whether psychology is a science. Psych people have beady little eyes and don't laugh at jokes about psychology. If you are not sure whether a person is a scientist or a comparative religion instructor, he is probably a psychologist. CS Prof: Most CS profs are from India or Pakistan. You can tell by the gestures and accents. This is not a bad thing, though many of the American CS professors tend to pick up Indian accents which confounds more specific identification. Like mushrooms, CS students only come out at night, and, if not Indian, tend to take on a pasty appearance. CS professors do not use computers and therefore can be easily identified by their comparative good health with respect to their students. Many CS professors do not even know how to use computers, and are actually mathematicians or psychologists in disguise. Avoid these people. Math Prof: Math profs are like physics professors except without any practical bent. A math professor will have only books and pencils in his office, as opposed to the piles of broken equipment that physicists keep. Mathematicians scorn the use of computers and calculators and often have difficulty splitting bills in restaurants. The easy way to identify a mathematician is by the common use of the phrases "It can be shown that..." and "Is left as an exercise to the student..."
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From: miniair <marca#NoSpam.wilson.harvard.edu> 19970306 Scientist Stereotypes Investigator Chana Lajcher of the Jerusalem College of Technology reports on her analysis of science stereotypes: I worked for a number of years at a large Israeli university science library (no, I won't mention names). We were usually able to guess the department of the students coming to the desk by just looking at them: Young married women, usually pregnant or with a baby in tow, were biology undergrads. Young males, looking lost, not knowing what book they wanted (They'd come to the desk saying, "Um, Is this the library? I need the book, for the course, you know..."), were pharmacology students doing their one botany course. Elderly library patrons, usually a bit eccentric, were researchers at the herbarium looking for very rare botany books which they would discover had been checked out ten years previously by one of their colleagues (and not yet returned but they promise they'll bring it in the minute we phone them  if the other reader needs it as much as they do). Young healthy males, were chemistry undergrads. Students grading stacks of exams were physics grad students (working parttime as teaching assistants). Math was in a different library so I have no stereotypes (oops I meant data) for them.
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Where to Publish Your Paper 1) If you understand it and can prove it, then send it to a journal of mathematics. 2) If you understand it, but can't prove it, then send it to a physics journal. 3) If you can't understand it, but can prove it, then send it to an economics journal. 4) If you can neither understand it nor prove it, then send it to a psychology journal. 5) If it attempts to make something important out of something trivial, then send it to a journal of education. 6) If it attempts to make something trivial out of something important, send it to a journal of metaphysics.
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Dean, to the physics department. "Why do I always have to give you guys so much money, for laboratories and expensive equipment and stuff. Why couldn't you be like the math department  all they need is money for pencils, paper and wastepaper baskets. Or even better, like the philosophy department. All they need are pencils and paper."
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The problem with engineers is that they tend to cheat in order to get results. The problem with mathematicians is that they tend to work on toy problems in order to get results. The problem with program verifiers is that they tend to cheat at toy problems in order to get results.
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The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?" The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?" The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?" The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Do you want mustard with that?"
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From: guptap#NoSpam.sun.soe.clarkson.edu (Piush Gupta) Piush does not agree with the above: What is the most frequently asked questions by the following after they graduate : 1) Engineer : How do I do it? 2) Economist : How much will it cost? 3) Mathematician/Physicist : Will you like some ketchup with it?
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The engineer thinks of his equations as an approximation to reality. The physicist thinks reality is an approximation to his equations. The mathematician doesn't care. OR: From: cantrick#NoSpam.rintintin.Colorado.EDU (Ben Cantrick (alias Macky Stingray)) Engineers think that equations approximate the real world. Scientists think that the real world approximates equations. Mathematicians are unable to make the connection...
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What is "pi"? Mathematician: Pi is the number expressing the relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter. Physicist: Pi is 3.1415927 plus or minus 0.000000005 Engineer: Pi is about 3. From: john.pazmino#NoSpam.relaynet.org (JOHN PAZMINO) Betty Ctrocker: Pi is what you poke holes in with a fork and then leave on the window sill to cool off.
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Philosopher: "Resolution of the continuum hypothesis will have profound implications to all of science." Physicist: "Not quite. Physics is well on its way without those mythical `foundations'. Just give us serviceable mathematics." Computer Scientist: "Who cares? Everything in this Universe seems to be finite anyway. Besides, I'm too busy debugging my Pascal programs." Mathematician: "Forget all that! Just make your formulae as aesthetically pleasing as possible!"
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How can you tell if a scientist has been locked in your refrigerator? From: "Edward Truitt" <Edward.Truitt#NoSpam.weizmann.ac.il> You know the old joke about how you can tell if an elephant has been locked in your refrigerator? (There are footprints in the butter) Well... how can you tell if a mathematician has been locked in your refrigerator? (If the walls are covered with equations and the coffee is all gone) If a quantum physicist has been locked in your refrigerator? (All of a sudden you are uncertain if the milk is there or not) If a developmental biologist has been locked in your refrigerator? (All the eggs have hatched into some really strange looking chicks) If a bacteriologist has been locked in your refrigerator? (There are those little red biohazard stickers on everything) If a geneticist has been locked in your refrigerator? (All the yeasts and bacteria genomes have been sequenced and their phylum mapped on the walls) If a molecular geneticist has been locked in your refrigerator? (A cross between a chicken and an eggplant walks out) If a materials scientist has been locked in your refrigerator? (You can now spread the butter only one molecule thick and there is no way to cut the cheese without a focused ion beam) If an immunologist has been locked in your refrigerator (There is a patent pending and a new drug entering Phase I clinical trials based on the greygreen stuff growing on the leftovers) A computer scientist has been locked in your refrigerator? (The refrigerator now uses four times the power and has to be restarted every other time you open the door) If a modern plant scientist has been locked in your refrigerator? (All the vegetables look perfect, last forever and taste like nothing) If an environmental scientist has been locked in your fridge? (All the spills have been catalogued and there is a treatise on global warming half written in soysaucebased ink on the door) If a M.Sc. student has been locked in your refrigerator? (All the food is gone except for the healthy stuff) If a postdoc has been locked in your refrigerator? (All the food is gone and the shelves licked clean)
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Special Category: Albert Einstein March 14 April 18 Special Category: Afterlife October 31 Einstein dies and goes to heaven only to be informed that his room is not yet ready. "I hope you will not mind waiting in a dormitory. We are very sorry, but it's the best we can do and you will have to share the room with others." he is told by the doorman (say his name is Pete). Einstein says that this is no problem at all and that there is no need to make such a great fuss. So Pete leads him to the dorm. They enter and Albert is introduced to all of the present inhabitants. "See, Here is your first room mate. He has an IQ of 180!" "Why that's wonderful!" Says Albert. "We can discuss mathematics!" "And here is your second room mate. His IQ is 150!" "Why that's wonderful!" Says Albert. "We can discuss physics!" "And here is your third room mate. His IQ is 100!" "That Wonderful! We can discuss the latest plays at the theater!" Just then another man moves out to capture Albert's hand and shake it. "I'm your last room mate and I'm sorry, but my IQ is only 80." Albert smiles back at him and says, "So, where to you think interest rates are headed?"
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From: The Xebot Special Category: Albert Einstein March 14 April 18 I wrote this as something Dr. Einstein might've said: "Actually, next to the Unified Field Theory, my greatest failure was standup comedy. For that, you'll have to attend one of Wernher von Braun's lectures."  Xebot
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From: shafiz#NoSpam.chat.carleton.ca (shoeb hafiz) There is a glass half full of water: Mathmetician: the glass is half full Physist: the glass is half empty Engineer: the glass is too big
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From: Rudolph Messerschmidt <reindeer#NoSpam.melbourne.DIALix.oz.au> There is a half glass of scotch on a table, Art student: symbolises unfulfilled enmotions Science student: calculates exact percentage full, Engineering student: drinks scotch, say's "what's the question?"
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From: mstueben#NoSpam.pen.k12.va.us (Michael A. Stueben) A half full glass of whiskey was sitting on a table at a university banquet. One of the waiters that night was a graduate sociology student. As various professors and guests walked by the glass during the night, the student asked each one to make a comment. Education professor: That glass is half full. Catholic theologian: That glass is half empty. Psychology professor: I don't know. What do you think it means? Zen Buddist: Nothing has existed from the beginning of time, not even an empty universe. Parapsychologist: All we can say is that the glass appears half empty on at least one side. Irish history professor: Drinks the whiskey and says, What's the question? Irish history professor (emeritus): Wha? . . . gih mee glasch uh wishkee. Baptist theologian: You're going to hell and I'm glad! Professor of Women's Studies: Fuck you! Mathematics professor: Huh?
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From: Hauke Reddmann <fc3a501#NoSpam.AMRISC09.math.unihamburg.de> Field biologists hear the Counting Crows. Geneticists hear Offspring. Chemists just hear Heavy Metal.
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From miniair (miniair#NoSpam.chem.harvard.edu) 19990307 Best Wrestlers (1)  Most Popular Many and varied are the votes we received for last month's survey question: Of all different kinds of scientists and doctors, which make the best professional wrestlers? Numerous voters, many of whom used only a first name (led by Nick of Auckland), insisted that proctologists make the best wrestlers. But for every proctological vote, we received more than two in favor of a more structurally supportive medical specialty: "Orthopedists know the easiest ways to break bones."  Michelle Garrison "As an operating room nurse of many years standing (way too little sitting!), I nominate orthopedic surgeons due to their ability to twist and tug."  Sandra Bailey, PhD, RN, CNOR "Orthopedic Surgeons. No explanation required if you have ever seen them perform surgery."  Matthew R. Healey "Orthopaedic surgeons  they tend to be big beefy exfootball players with few brains."  Mark Pulley "Orthopedic surgeons, who are allegedly as strong as an ox and twice as smart, or was that as smart as an ox and twice as strong?"  Mark Niemer  19990309 Best Wrestlers (1)  Cult Favorites Some voters went against the crowd, insisting on their own favorites: "Anthesiologists: Wicked sleeper holds."  Parminder Basran "A mathematician. Obviously."  Kristina Sontag "Geomorphologists, because they stay fit through field work climbing mountains and sand dunes and they are mean because they get no respect as real scientists."  Linda Lea Jones "A very large scientist and/or doctor with a chiseled body, a 24 inch vertical leap, really great teeth, and a very, very bad attitude. Probably a field geologist, because they lug heavy rocks all over for no apparent reason and so are in the best shape."  Ed Theriot "My vote is for pediatricians. They get the most on the job training. Ever try to examine an unhappy 3 year old?"  Sarah Getzler (selfdescribed mother of two and former lab tech) "Lepidopterists are adept at pinning their subjects to the mat."  Paul Chapin "Archeologists who work in the field have to do manual labor. They're probably the strongest scientists on average."  Alan Barksdale "Psychiatrists. They have the advantage of using psychology to make the opponent defeat himself. Very little blood is spilled or violence displayed, because it all happens in the mind!"  Arif Shahabuddin "Ornithologists, particularly those who specialize in banding ostriches."  Joanne Cook "From prime experience, my largish husband, William Texas Bradley, neurologist in Fort Worth, Texas, would make the best professional wrestler type. I may have a master's in English, but he still provides physical 'airplane rides' which I am unable to avoid. (I bet you wonder what THAT means!)"  Baronda E. Bradley More next month, perhaps.
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From: danwong#NoSpam.avalon.nando.net Special Category: Afterlife October 31 A man dies and goes to heaven. Upon his arrival, he looks for an angel and asks, "Was I a mathematician or an engineer before I came here?" The angel ponders the question, and then says, "I wouldn't know...you'd have to ask God Himself." So the next day, the man walks up to God and asks his question again. God's only response is to hand the man a sheet of paper, after which he is dismissed. The man runs back to the same angel, and says, "God gave me this paper...what does it say? I can't read it." The angel scanned the sheet, and then translated aloud: Assume: New arrival was a mathematician in previous plane of existence. Proof: 1) Said person is currently in heaven. 2) Therefore... :)
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From: danwong#NoSpam.avalon.nando.net Special Category: Afterlife October 31 A man dies and goes to heaven. Upon his arrival, he looks for an angel and asks, "I loved the sea before...could we put in an aquarium here?" The angel responds, "Sure," and forwards the request to God immediantly. God sees the request and sets to work, but is quickly stymied. He thinks, "We need to know the pressure on the surface of the aquarium, but I haven't seen calculus in so long...We must have a mathematician." One is quickly called for, and solves the problem with ease. Next, God realizes that the glass must be able to withstand the pressure, and thinks, "We need a phys icist to tell us how much glass is needed." Once again, a physicist is sum monned and the problem is quickly solved. However, God now realizes that there remains the problem of construction, and thinks, "We must have an engineer." This time however, there is no response to the summons. God quickly notifies the entrance angel to send any engineers to Him right away, but to no avail. Finally, after a month he summons the sealover to his chamber and says, "I'm sorry, but we couldn't make the new aquarium." The man obviously wants to know why, and God replies: "We found a mathe matician to figure pressure, we found a physicist to get the glass thick ness right, but we couldn't find an engineer in ALL of heaven to put the thing together!!"
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From: "james d. hunter" <jim.hunter#NoSpam.jhuapl.edu> Engineers are just comfortable that physicists and mathematicians always supply the right answer to the wrong question.
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From: "Han Zhang" <han_zhang#NoSpam.paradise.net.nz> From: "PAUL ROBERT VARLEY" <VAR14084#NoSpam.gorseinon.ac.uk> What is 1+1? * Pure mathematician: The series certainly converges, but we don't know the sum. * Mathmatician: "It all depends on what base you're using" * Statistician: In the survey I conducted with 1,000 randomly selected * Statistician: (takes out tables) "I am 95% confident it is between 1.95 and 2.05" * people, 1+1 has a mean of 1.982, and standard deviation 0.107. * Applied Mathematician: 1+1=1.9975 (after the 12th iteration) * Nuclear Physicist "It has to be less than 2, because we have to account for energy lost in binding." * Quantum Physicist "If I tell you the answer, you won't have asked me the question." * Physicist: 1+1=2 with + 0.1 uncertainty from experimental error. * Physicist: (takes out slide rule) "Approximately 1.99" * Engineer: (looks over physicist's shoulder) "Approximately 1.99" * Computer Scientist: 1+1=10 * Chemist: 1+1=i. Since one ion plus another ion may form a complex ion. * Chemist: "Doesn't IUPAC recommend we work to more significnt figures?" * Biologist: 1+1=3 if the 2 1's are in opposite sex. * Biologist: "How long do they have to breed?" * Computer Scientist: "I haven't ironed all the bugs out of that program yet..." * Economist: 1+1<2 due to the law of diminishing returns. * Accountant: "2" * Accountant: 1+1=1.67 after deduction of tax. * Actuary: "How much do you want it to be?" * Lawyer: We don't have enough evidence to decide this until my fee is * paid! * College Student: 1+1... where's my calculator? * Grade 3 student: 1+1=2, and daddy is buying me an icecream!
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