(Thanks to the nice people at the bottom of the page for some gems . Your joke or gem could go here, too. Just e-mail me.)
“The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift, which we neither understand nor deserve.”---E.P. Wigner from ``The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences'' in Symmetries and Reflections, (Oxbow Press, Woodbridge, Conn., 1979), p. 237 (found at http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~bohmwww/quotes.html.
This link demonstrates the role math plays in science, technology, and culture.
For links between math and art, check out this exhibit of math in art and check out Tufts alum Lun-Yi Tsai's math art.
Factorization Diagrams illustrate artistically how natural numbers factor. Check out this to see diagrams and this to read about it.
Check out Vi Hart's site (opens in a new tab) for entertaining math videos that are real math! Check out the ones about doodling in math class and visual multiplication. Here's a nice New York Times article about her work.
Did you ever wonder about zero?? Read on!
Here are interesting facts about the whole numbers up to 9,999.
And if that is not enough, you can enjoy is a number a day web site!
Here's all about Tom Lehrer's new math. Try this site for his song on the elements.
In math 135, Real Analysis, we prove the Bolzano Weierstrass Theorem, and here is a Rap version for the real line!! Rumor has it this will be on some final or another!
In class, I talk about mathamagicland. Here's the real thing (an interview with a mathamagician, Arthur Benjamin, on Colbert Nation)!
If you want a theorem named after you, read on!
If that isn’t good enough, check out this site to tell if you’re really a pure mathematician.
If you ever wondered where mathematics stands in the intellectual hierarchy read on!
(these very cool jokes came from http://xkcd.com )
FUN WITH PI!
The roundest knight at the Round Table was Sir Cumference.
He had too much pi. (credit: www.TearablePuns.org)
Speaking of numbers: I thought about taking the square root of two, but that is just irrational.
If you don't believe in square roots, look here:
Do you know why 6 is afraid of 7?? Click here for the answer.
WARNING: I have been known to put this question on final tests!
What did the zero say to the eight?? Click here for the answer.
There are three types of people, those who know how to count and those who don't.
There are 10 types of people, those who know binary and those who don't.
If you would like more counting riddles check out this link.
Here's a cool explanation why .99999....=1 and other cool facts about numbers by Vi Hart (opens in new tab)
TEACHER: What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people
are no longer interested?
PUPIL: a teacher
TODD: Dad, can you write in the dark?
FATHER: I think so. What do you want me to write?
TODD: Your name on this report card.
Thoughts about math in school
e^x and a constant are walking down the street together when the constant sees a differential operator coming their way. He starts to run away, and e^x asks "Why are you running away?" The constant answers "That's a differential operator. If it acts on me, I disappear." e^x says "I'm e^x, I don't have anything to worry about." and keeps on walking. When he reaches the differential operator, he says "Hi, I'm e^x."
The differential operator responds, "Hi, I'm d/dy"
If you would like to derive click here!
Q: What's the difference between calculus and a squid?
A: One has to do with increments of x, the other with excrements of ink.
Q: Do you already know the latest stats joke?
A friend got this in a fortune cookie (really!!): 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
A professor gives a multiple choice test and sees a student flipping coins. The prof. goes over and asks the student why he's flipping coins and the student explains he didn't study and figures that just random guessing would be better than anything he could do.
Finally, near the end of the test, the prof. sees the student furiously flipping coins and walks over and asks why. Click here for reason.
.. and then there was the statistician who drowned in a river which was only
In the same vein, check this out:
Theorem: All positive integers are interesting.
Proof: Assume the contrary. Then there is a lowest non-interesting positive integer. But, hey, that's pretty interesting! A contradiction.
Theorem: Consider the set of all sets that have never been considered. Hey!
They're all gone! Oh, well, never mind...
Here’s what your math profs mean when they use the following words:
Clearly: I don't want to write down all the "in-between" steps.
Trivial: If I have to show you how to do this, you're in the wrong class.
It can easily be shown: No more than four hours are needed to prove it.
Brute force: Four special cases, three counting arguments and two long inductions.
Elegant proof: Requires no previous knowledge of the subject matter and is less than ten lines long.
Similarly: At least one line of the proof of this case is the same as before.
Two line proof: I'll leave out everything but the conclusion, you can't question 'em if you can't see 'em.
Briefly: I'm running out of time, so I'll just write and talk faster.
Proceed formally: Manipulate symbols by the rules without any hint of their true meaning.
Proof omitted: Trust me, It's true.
What’s yellow, linear, normed, and complete?? Click here for answer.
What's complete, has an inner product, and is filled with satirical office humor? Click here for the answer.
Here are some good ones from http://mathworld.wolfram.com/AbelianGroup.html
Q: What's purple and commutes? A: An Abelian grape.
Q: What is lavender and commutes? A: An Abelian semigrape.
Q: What's purple, commutes, and is worshipped by a limited number of people?
A: A finitely-venerated Abelian grape.
Q: What's nutritious and commutes? A: An Abelian soup.
Q: What do you call a function from a vector space to the reals if it's positive homogeneous, zero only at zero, subadditive, and friendly?
A: A social norm!
Q: What did the discontinuous function say about his limit?
A: "I don't know if I'm approaching this right..."
An engineer physicist and mathematician are asked to make a fence to
enclose the most land with the least fencing.
The engineer says "I can do that" and makes circular fence.
The physicist "I can do better" and makes a fence that goes around the
The math bemusedly says" Oh yeah...wow" and makes a small fence around
herself. "I declare this to be the outside!"
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Last modified by Todd Quinto on 11/24/13