Friday, November 27, 2009
Dizzying Ride! That's the only way I can put it. You tend to like some responses, dislike others, agree with some (a few), but learn from almost all of them. They represent the cutting edge of research in wide array of scientific fields, and unlike the popular science books (which I tend to read from time to time), are not always easy to digest. More often than once I found myself thinking, "Ohh, I did not even know that such a problem existed!". It's a wonderful way to get a broad view of the very latest thinking in a wide range of scientific fields. Don't miss it! I tend to prefer the Dead Tree version, but they are available online too, just go here.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I first read this joke in Jayant Naralikar's influential Aakashashi Jadale Nate. In the nine years that followed, I came to appreciate a few more math-jokes (but only a few). But today yours truly got lucky. Stumbled upon a treasure trove. Mathoverflow has a thread running on the same, and it's overflowing with some seriously good stuff! Do not miss! Of course I did not understand everything, but it's worth it. Here are some of my favorites, picked from the thread, and the links linked (?) from there.
A physicist, an engineer, and a statistician were out game hunting. The engineer spied a bear in the distance, so they got a little closer. "Let me take the first shot!" said the engineer, who missed the bear by three metres to the left. "You're incompetent! Let me try" insisted the physicist, who then proceeded to miss by three metres to the right. "Ooh, we got him!!" said the statistician.
A mathematician organizes a raffle in which the prize is an infinite amount of money paid over an infinite amount of time. Of course, with the promise of such a prize, his tickets sell like hot cake.When the winning ticket is drawn, and the jubilant winner comes to claim his prize, the mathematician explains the mode of payment: "1 dollar now, 1/2 dollar next week, 1/3 dollar the week after that..."
OK, time for a quick quiz..
A: Someone who cannot distinguish between a doughnut and a coffee cup.
Q: Why didn’t Newton discover Group Theory?
A: Because he wasn’t Abel.
Q: What’s a polar bear?
A: A rectangular bear after a coordinate transform.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: Fermat: It did not fit on the margin on this side.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip?
A: To get to the same side.
OK, enough fun. Time for some serious math now.
Theorem. 3 = 4.
a + b = c .
This can also be written as:
4a − 3a + 4b − 3b = 4c − 3c .
4a + 4b − 4c = 3a + 3b − 3c .
Take the constants out of the brackets:
4(a + b − c) = 3(a + b − c) .
Remove the same term left and right:
4 = 3. (Mwuhahaha)
And before leaving, I give you this tongue in cheek, but still telling quote.
An engineer thinks that his equations are an approximation to reality. A physicist thinks reality is an approximation to his equations. A mathematician doesn’t care.
P.S. One more that I just could not resist.
Q: Why do mathematicians often confuse Christmas and Halloween?
A: Because Oct 31 = Dec 25.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Being a robot ain't entirely devoid of benefits, it seems.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Mai BE me tha
Wo BE me thi
Mai BE me tha
Wo ME me thi
Mai BE me tha
Wo PhD kar rahi thi
Aaj uski shaadi hai
Mera backlog ka paper hai..
Received this SMS forward a few moments back. And let's face it, it's not very funny. But still, I immediately forwarded it to my old engg. gang and a few other friends. Why? Because it filled my mind with those golden memories (which for the record contain many love stories, in all of which I play the innocent bystander :p). Nightouts, coffee at 1:30AM.. I keep takling about it all the time, and still don't seem to get enough. Drizzling rains and an unusual quiet in the room may have played a part today!
Enjoy the Rains!
Friday, November 6, 2009
So here they are.. (brackets tell where they are lifted from)
Be original! (Parker [Not Peter, Pen])
Know Stuff! (Abstruse Goose)
Travel Light! (My own brain)
Have Fun! (Robert Love, LKD 2nd ed. From the Preface)
Additions (preferably expressed in two words) are welcome!