Your jokes are fabulous and your humor contagious. I wish you many more jokes, but without the stress. Thanks. ]]>

Everyone wrote about it. I try to write things that are not available elsewhere. If I find something original to say on the subject I will.

]]>Speaking about hunting… Me(an engineer) and two of my friends (Bob: a theoretical physicist and Rob:a statistician) went hunting the other day. A magnificent deer at 300 yards. Bob worked out relevant equations and calculations (speed of bullet,trajectories, angles etc.) assumed zero wind resistance 🙂 and shot! The bullet was too short. 5 yards short. I took of course Bob’s calculation for granted, added a corrective coefficient for air-resistance (which I found in “Beton-Kalender” of course..) raised the gun at a slightly bigger angle ,and shot! Bullet was 5 yards too long. Rob the statistician cheered: WE’VE GOT IT!!

And a “Joke” from real mathematical life.

Check out the Latin inscription/moto on Fields medal (on the side where it is written “AΡΧΙΜΗΔΟΥΣ” (by Archimedes)

”Transire suum pectus mundoque potiri” (“Rise above oneself and grasp the world”..or something like this ,anyway..)

Various well respected sources (such as Wolfram Alpha, among others) attribute this quote to Archimedes.

But this is not the case. The quote is an abstract of a 1st century ASTROLOGICAL poem by the roman poet Manilius.

“Multum’ inquis ‘tenuemque iubes me ferre laborem,

rursus et in magna mergis caligine mentem,

cernere cum facili lucem ratione viderer.’

quod quaeris, deus est: conaris scandere caelum

fataque fatali genitus cognoscere lege

et transire tuum pectus mundoque potiri.

pro pretio labor est nec sunt immunia tanta,

ne mirere viae flexus rerumque catenas”

As a friend (a mathematician) observed : “Of all quotes in the World, they ve’ chosen a false quote of Archimedes and moreover a quote related to Astrology?? The black sheep of the “family”? 🙂

PS. I solved quite easily 8-?=2 stupid captcha! ha! 🙂

]]>Theorem. All positive integers are interesting.

Proof. Assume the contrary. Then there is a lowest noninteresting positive integer. But, hey, that’s pretty interesting! A contradiction.

]]>One day a farmer called up an engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician and asked them to fence in the largest possible area with the least amount of fence. The engineer made the fence in a circle and proclaimed that he had the most efficient design. The physicist made a long, straight line and proclaimed “We can assume the length is infinite…” and pointed out that fencing off half of the Earth was certainly a more efficient way to do it. The mathematician just laughed at them. He built a tiny fence around himself and said, “I declare myself to be on the outside.”